On August 29, 2011 entertainment giant Walt Disney Co. opens Aulani, an 840-unit luxury hotel and time-share complex, at Ko Olina Resort & Spa in West Oahu.  Aulani – in Hawaiian “Messenger of a Chief” – will be the largest attraction at Ko Olina presenting visitors – especially families – with culturally rich stories of Hawaii influenced by the magical world of Disney.  For Disney, Aulani presents its first vacation resort without a theme park and could be a model the company might seek to replicate elsewhere in the future.

Minnie Mouse welcomes you with aloha!

The $800 million resort showplace has been in the planning for 4 years and under construction for the last 2 ½ years.  Some of the main attractions include: 

  • Hotel Building: 359 luxury hotel rooms including 16 suites (total # of rooms built-out by 2013)
  • Disney Vacation Club Villas: 481 time-share units including 21 grand villas (total # of units built-out by 2013)
  • Lobby: Designed as a representation of a 50-foot-high thatched canoe hale
  • Conference Center: 14,545 square feet of meeting space
  • Makahiki: 220-seat buffet-style restaurant where Disney characters will make appearances.
  • ‘Ama ‘Ama Restaurant: 220-seat beachfront dining
  • The ‘Olelo Room: interactive Hawaiian language breakfast and bar lounge
  • Off the Hook: Beachside lounge resembling a Hawaiian fishermen’s shack
  • Laniwai: 18,000-square-foot spa that includes a fitness center and 15 treatment rooms
  • Waikolohe Pool: 8,200-square-foot main pool
  • Waikolohe Stream: 950-foot-long lazy river raft ride
  • Wailana Pool: Quiet pool with cabanas
  • Pu’u Kilo: Caldera with water slides
  • Menehune Bridge: interactive play area for little kids
  • Rainbow Reef: Salt-water snorkel lagoon stocked with about 1,500 tropical fish
  • Aunty’s Beach House: Kids’ club with immersive programs and activities
  • Kalo loi: Terraces of taro that guests can harvest, pound into poi and consume

Ahoui hou, see you there, Mickey!

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