TRAVEL | HAWAII: Aulani: A Disney Resort and Spa in Ko’Olina, Hawaii

Aulani Disney Hawaii Resort and Spa
92-1185 Ali’inui Dr, Kapolei, HI 96707, USA
Phone: 1 (866) 443-4763

Aulani was voted best Family Beach Hotel in the World by Travel and Leisure. Aulani which means “messenger of chief” is situated on 21 acres of beautiful beachfront property on the Leeward coast of O’ahu. It was built in 2011 and offers two towers, 351 rooms, 16 suites and 481 villas.

Our family vacations to Hawaii have always been to Honolulu since I’m a big fan of the sights and sounds that the downtown core offers.  This time, however, we decided to try a quieter area of O’ahu and to make it more memorable for the kids. We decided on the Aulani Disney Resort and I was excited to have my kids experience Disney in a slightly  different way.


Tower 1 of 2 – view from within the beautiful resort.


Impressive lobby with views of Ko’Olina Beach.

lonsdalequay1-7View of the resort water park from the 16th floor.

Standard hotel room with an option for two queens or one king and queen sleeper-sofa. Each standard room is equipped with a mini fridge, flat panel TV, coffee/tea maker, blu-ray dvd player (with free dvd rentals), and a private lanai.

This was my beautiful partial ocean view from my lanai on the 16th floor (exterior room looking away from the resort).

Now to Aulani’s amazing water parks and pools!

Waikolohe Stream + Waterslides – Waikolohe meaning ‘mischievous water’ is an 8200 square foot heated pool that offers two rushing waterslides. The Volcanic Vertical waterslide is a body slide that rushes you out to the lazy pool while The Tubestone Curl waterslide is an open air, twisting adventure that uses single or double person inner tubes that launches you into the lazy river.

Menehune Bridge offers 21 000 square feet of water play for the younger kids. The water park has two water slides, interactive water elements, spinning gourds, and a climbing play structure.


Daily Shake-A-Shaka Pool Parties  are held at the Waikolohe Pool with some of Disney’s favourite characters.





Ka Maka Grotto – A heated infinity pool with a misty grotto that looks out to Ko’Olina Beach and offers an after-dark experience with thousands of lights.


The resort also offers four whirlpool spas, two of which are adults only – a perfect retreat away from the kids when you drop them off at Aunty’s Beach House!



Menehune Adventure Trail – This fun adventure game for hotel guests is ideal for preteens and younger. Complimentary Mini iPads can be picked up at the Pau Hana community centre that play videos and displays interactive clues as you walk along the trail within the resort.  At certain spots within the resort, you’ll see scenery come to life when you answer correctly.


Resort refillable mugs might just be the best investment one can make while staying at Aulani.  For $18.99 USD, the mug lets you enjoy unlimited sodas, juice, tea, coffee and hot cocoa during your stay. I will talk more about the food and restaurants in the resort in the next post.

Aunty’s Beach House is a kids club available for all registered hotel guests. The 5200 square feet state of the art kids club offers a variety of complimentary activities (premium activities are also available for a fee) for kids ages 3-12 years of age. This was such a valuable service during my week long stay here.


Behind Aunty’s Beach House, which I found by accident, is a barbeque pit complete with four gas Weber barbeques.  These barbeques are free to use for all guests of Aulani. I wish I was aware of this space earlier, this would have saved us a lot of money on meals.



View of the resort from Ko’Olina Beach.


Aulani is a beautiful resort and we had an amazing time during our seven nights here. Everything you need for a fun and relaxing family vacation is within arms reach. The resort was not overly “Disneyfied” but enough to remind everyone why Disney is the “happiest place on earth”.  We are already looking forward to a return trip, but this time we’ll book a suite.


One Comment Add yours

  1. This resort looks phenomenal!


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