Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa
Located on a 21-acre private cove on the island of O‘ahu, Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa is the perfect getaway where you’ll discover soaring architecture, stunning mountain and ocean views, and luxurious details. Whether you’re relaxing or exploring, every aspect of the Aulani experience is inspired by the culture, traditions and hospitality of the people of Hawai‘i. This unique resort combines the nature of Hawai’i with world-class service and a touch of Disney magic.
When you visit between mid-September, 2012 and mid-2013, you may notice some work in progress as the Resort is expanded. Rest assured, you can still anticipate a fun-filled vacation at Aulani during this period. Explore all the updates planned at Aulani.
Since the opening of Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in August 2011, Guests have enjoyed outstanding amenities and accommodations at this oceanfront Resort. And today, Disney continues to look for ways to enhance the vacation experience.
Aulani Dining Options
The finest local ingredients and the master chefs at Aulani create a fusion of flavors from around the world. There is a variety of dining options and something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for an intimate beachfront sit-down dinner, a casual buffet of fresh flavors, a fast mid-afternoon snack, or a cozy breakfast in your room, you will find the perfect meal for you and your family. Each restaurant offers something different and unique, from a quick and delicious house made salad or wrap, to a modern and elegant interpretation of classic Hawaiian cuisine.
Makahiki: The Bounty of the Islands
Signaled by the rising of the constellation Makali'i in the night sky, Makahiki is the annual Hawaiian harvest festival, marked each year by the ancients—and more recently revived on O'ahu as a season of celebration and bounty. Makahiki is really a New Year's Festival—a "season of peace" spanning four lunar phases from late October-early November to late February-early March—a time when offerings are made ... work ceases ... and peace prevails.
The story of the Makahiki Festival comes to life inside the buffet restaurant in a series of elegantly composed, jewel-toned murals, which depict scenes of feasting, games and celebration. The oceans swell with abundance, nurturing rains pour forth, and bountiful harvests are shared.
Overhead, an extravagant art glass installation, appearing almost as a netting above our heads, conveys the bounty of the Makahiki feast in joyously abstracted forms—fishes and fruits ... flora and fauna ... a shimmering, bounteous, upside-down buffet laid out on a free-form Makaloa mat.
A good deal of indirect, reflective lighting heightens the dramatic impact of the restaurant's abundant art. And as day turns to night, the lighting will morph from a warm rose-amber glow to sophisticated nighttime indigo hues that are punctuated by the vibrantly colored glass objects suspended overhead.
Join favorite Disney friends for a "Breakfast with Character." Family-friendly favorites include sliced island fruits, house-baked pastries, carving station, traditional Asian offerings, and daily specialties.
Our casual dinner buffet offers fresh local products and chef-inspired dishes with world flavors—line-caught sustainable seafood, fresh salads with local greens, rotating carving station, Asian inspired entrees, and delectable house-made desserts.
The 'Olelo Room
'Olelo is the Hawaiian word for "word," making the 'Olelo Room a place where the conversation among Aulani guests is often about how to become more "conversive" in Hawaiian—or have fun trying. Borrowing its design cues from the "streamline moderne" aesthetic of the 1940's—a style that is still readily seen in roadside diners throughout the islands—the 'Olelo Room is a pub-like, convivial place where refreshing cocktails and Hawaiian words form an intoxicating brew.
A series of engaging shadow boxes hang from above the bar, displaying wooden carvings of common, everyday objects labeled with their Hawaiian language names. Best of all, bartenders are on hand to provide proper pronunciations to guests ... so that one day, they might perhaps impress friends and family members with their faultless pronunciation of humuhumunukunuku apua'a.
Upon entering, you are surrounded by 'Olelo, which means "word" in Hawaiian. Experience this fun and interactive lounge while you enjoy refreshing beverages with a Hawaiian Spirit. Tropical cocktails, mojitos, margaritas, classic cocktails reinvented, fruit-infused sangria, and flights of Hawaiian beer or new world wines.
Be sure to ask about the 'IKE MUA – our discovery drink of the day!
Offering a Continental Breakfast and cocktail service daily. An Hawaiian-inspired food menu is also available.
AMA'AMA: Contemporary Island Cooking
While evidence of fishing settlements along the leeward Wai'anae coast date back as far as the twelfth century, Aunty's elders built the family's first beachside house—or hale—on this site back in the 1890's. Fishing has remained a prosperous activity for the family ever since and, over the successive decades, additional structures have been added to accommodate a growing, multi-generational, extended family. A second hale dates from the late 1920's ... two more were added mid-century ... and a far more contemporary hale was constructed quite recently. Each hale bears the unique architectural markings of its particular era. Collectively, these structures reveal the rich patina of one single Hawaiian family, residing on this site for more than a century, still honoring the land and gathering sustenance from the sea.
A juxtaposition of old and new, these various hale make up the beachside bar and restaurant at Aulani. The dining rooms are outfitted with minimalist tables and chairs, and the restaurant's chic entryway mimics the design of an ancient, elemental fish trap still employed by local fishermen. The restaurant's design focal point is a fountain created from an old, rough-hewn concrete fish cleaning tank with a weathered brass pipe that once pumped seawater, set off by a sleek reflecting pool.
There is one particular fish that is abundant in these waters—the 'ama'ama—a fish that is so much a local favorite it's even inspired songs written about it.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Offering traditional and Hawaiian-inspired breakfast specialties including omelets, waffles, pancakes, grains and freshly-made bakery items. Lunch includes hot and cold sandwiches, soup, salads, and pasta. Dinner features seasonal and sustainable seafood, steak, duck, pasta, and vegetarian selections. All desserts are house made daily!
Off The Hook
Closely attuned to the seasons ... and possessing a keen knowledge of the best local fishing spots—along with a fair dose of Mana Kapua, the supernatural power possessed by the finest Hawaiian fishermen— a fisherman could supply his family and his ali'i with fish and shellfish from the nearby fishponds and streams ... from sparkling shallow reefs and deep blue ocean waters. That is, if he had the right tools. A Hawaiian fisherman's arsenal is one that includes hooks and lines, lures, nets, basket traps, spears and perhaps a few poisonous plants.
The beachside lounge at Aulani resembles a Hawaiian fisherman's seaside shack. It is decorated with a rich variety of makau, or fishhooks, along with other essential fishing implements employed through the ages. Cowry shell lures that are so prized they're passed on to heirs ... shark tooth knives, with their gleaming white jagged-edged "blades" ... and specially carved fish-shaped ku'ulo stones, which range up to a foot in length and are used to draw fish to them as soon as they're placed underwater. There's even a colorful school of fish populating the ceiling above the bar.
This location is a convivial place where countless rambling fish stories—about the one that got away—are sure to be told. Perhaps you'll even overhear one of the locals tell the story of the great fish hook, Manai-a-ka-lani, used by the demigod Maui and his brothers when they attempted to "tow" Kauai over to O'ahu and attach it to nearby Ka'ena Point.
Open daily serving vacation favorites?Mai Tai, Piña Colada, Blue Hawai'i, and Long Island Iced Tea as well as signature cocktails, margaritas, sangria, sparkling cocktails, wine, and Hawaiian beers. Be sure to ask about the 'IKE MUA – our discovery drink of the day! An Hawaiian-inspired food menu is also available.
More Dining Options
- One Paddle, Two Paddle (Quick service restaurant located to the left of the entrance to ' AMA'AMA: Contemporary Island Cooking): Open daily serving freshly-made sandwiches and wraps, house made desserts, and a keiki (children's) menu is also available. This location also features a refillable mug station.
- Private Dining: Private Dining will be available from 6am-midnight when the resort opens, and will be expanded to a 24 hour operation when Phase 3 opens.Serving Hawaiian-inspired specialties for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night.
- The Lava Shack (Located across from Rainbow Reef snorkel lagoon): Following in the Hawaiian tradition of the plated lunch, choose from complete meals featuring entrees like Cold Fried Chicken, Cured Meats and Cheese, and Chilled Miso-glazed Salmon, as well as grab and go snacks. Open daily. This location also features a refillable mug station.
- Papalua Shave Ice (Located on the pool deck)
- Yogurt Bar (Located at the spa): Open daily serving tart yogurt with fresh fruit and dry toppings
Amenities at Aulani
Walt Disney Imagineers have worked with local experts to create special entertainment for guests to enjoy and learn about the culture of Hawai’i. Waikolohe Valley is the beautiful pool area where private cabanas, crystalline waters, winding streams, a snorkel lagoon and interactive play features, provide fun for everyone. There are plenty of complimentary amenities, which showcase the rich culture and natural beauty of Hawai’i. Aulani also features a wide variety of excursions such as culinary programs, surfing, and horseback riding through lush valleys, to name a few!
- Disney PhotoPass:- Experience all that the resort has to offer and make sure to capture these magical memories with a Disney PhotoPass photographer. Then simply login and view all your vacation images on the TV in your guest room!
- Waikolohe Stream: 900 feet water way through the beautiful landscape of Hawai'i.
- Menehune Bridge: 2,200 square foot interactive water play area
- Rainbow Reef: 3,800 square foot snorkel lagoon
- Aunty's Beach House: 5,200 square foot Disney-themed activity center where kids can play games, create, explore and much more
- Menehune Adventure Trail: Experience the hidden carvings as the legend of the Menehune will engage Guests in an interactive adventure throughout the Resort
- Waikolohe Pool: Zero entry feature pool with body slide
- Wailana Pool: Tension edge leisure pool
- Bell Services
- Business Center
- Concierge Desk
- Excursion Tour Desk
- Ice Machines
- Wireless High-Speed Internet
Inspired by the traditional, family-owned, one-of-a-kind general stores that have served island locals for generations, Kalepa's Store offers a rich plethora of "upscale necessities" to Aulani's guests.
Kalepa is the Hawaiian word for "merchant" or "peddler"—or more literally, "to strike flag," because in traditional times, salesmen hoisted a small flag to show that they were selling poi or some other item. However, in the story of Aulani, Kalepa is also the name of Aunty's father-in- law who first opened a general store on this site long before the resort was built.
While the original store had been constructed using the standard, rather basic fittings and fixtures found in a typical general store, the latest incarnation at Aulani features refined reinterpretations of classic general store designs, which still manage to convey the essence of the originals, but with a decidedly contemporary flair. Black and white photographs depicting modern-day general stores and their multi-ethnic proprietors pay homage to a general store tradition that continues to thrive on all of the Hawaiian Islands today. A remarkably unique "Shave Ice" lighting fixture adds a playful, colorful touch.
- Native Hawaiian Gifts
- Aulani Logo Product and Souvenirs
- Grocery and Sundry Essentials
- Photo Viewing and Selection
- Drink refill station
The Lava Shack
- Grab & Go Food and Snacks
- Beverage Coolers
- Pool and Beach Necessities
Spa Retail Location
- Treatment Products
- Beauty Products
- Wellness Books
- Yoga Wear and Robes
- Yogurt Bar
The Spa at Aulani
This spacious indoor-outdoor spa is designed to relax and revitalize your body and mind. Laniwai has over 150 spa treatments including facials, skin care, massages and private suites. The outdoor hydrotherapy garden has vitality pools, co-ed mineral baths, 6 different “rain” showers, whirlpool jet spas and more. An attendant at the Pulu Bar will create custom body polish by mixing your desired aromas, herbs and essential oils. The peaceful gardens, wide array of body care treatments, and unique “rain water” therapies make this spa especially rejuvenating and magical.
More Spa Information
- Spa Size:18,000 sq feet (1672 sq meters)
- Fitness Center size:Approx. 2,000 Sq feet (186 sq meters) - part of the 18,000 sq feet (1672 sq meters)
- Types of Treatments: Massages, Body wraps, Facials (menu still to be completed)
- Number of Salon Stations: 10 including manicure, pedicure, hair styling and make-up
- Men's and Women's Locker rooms: Sauna and steam. Also, a separate dedicated space for a coed relaxation area
- Outdoor treatments and Hydrotherapy circuit. Hydrotherapy experience includes vitality pools, scrub bars, Hinoki Tubs, cold plunge and experience showers.
- Heath & Wellness classes: Including Yoga, Tai Chi and other options.