(Aulani Part 2 of 2)
One day we rented an iPad for a scavenger hunt around the pool area of the resort, and we loved it. It was so worth doing…very interactive and educational. Many of the pieces of architecture came to life, and the kids loved it. You can rent the iPad for free for two hours or more.
For shopping on property, there is a great store in the lobby for all things Disney: food items, drinks,wine, beer, souvenirs etc. There is also a more upscale boutique right across the hall that has clothing and jewelry.
One morning we attended the character breakfast which is buffet style. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Aunty were all in attendance. The children got to sing-along with instruments and dance with all of the characters. My son loved it! There is a great selection of breakfast food (omelets, bacon, sausage, eggs, waffles, fruit, etc.). For two adults and one child, it was $90. We loved it so much, I tried to sign us up again while we were there, but it was totally booked up. I highly suggest booking before you get to the resort.
The Starlit Hui is Aulani’s own version of a luau. It is only on certain nights and is a must while you are visiting. They put on a show complete with fire dancers followed by dance party afterward with all of the characters. When you arrive, they give you bamboo mats to sit on, and you can bring your own snacks and drinks. Cast members are at different stations with crafts for the kids to participate in. My son made a fish woven from bamboo shoots. The kids also get to go up to the stage to learn how to hula.
We also enjoyed Uncle’s story time by the huge fire pit; it was really cool, and it was nice to sit by and watch the sun set on the ocean. We enjoyed learning about Hawaiian culture that surrounded us.
My son went to Aunty’s Beach House (the kids’ club at the resort for ages 3-12) and never wanted to leave! They have great classes that explore Hawaiian culture, art and music, but I would recommend the advance registration and class sign ups because the line on the morning of is so long and people start lining up at 6 am. I did this the first day and booked the rest in advance. The children get a bracelet that has a chip in it so the Cast Members know where your child is at all times. Parents get a beeper, and it beeps when your child is ready to leave (which mine never wanted to!).
My husband and I splurged and did a couples massage on our last day; it was amazing! The spa is gorgeous, and you go an hour prior to your appointment to enjoy outdoor hydration pools, massage showers and hot tubs; there are also light snacks provided. This was one of the nicest spas I’ve ever been to in all of my traveling.
Finally, here are a couple of thoughts if you\’re looking to get around:
There is an ABC store across the street (about a 5-minute walk) for any essentials or groceries to stock in your room at more affordable prices than at the resort. We discovered this on our second day and decided to get some snacks, sandwiches and waters. It also has beer, wine and souvenirs.
Monkeypod Restaurant is a must across the street for lunch or dinner. The food was amazing, and we loved trying the local beer. Aulani will drive you over for free in one of their black Escalades. We tipped the driver, of course!
Car rentals are available in the lobby of Aulani, too, if you’re going to venture out fairly often.
Overall, Aualani is a Hawaiian paradise with all the things you expect from Disney—great service, great theming, and great location! We truly enjoyed our Hawaiian experience and hope to go back again one day.
Courtney had a blast on her Aulani Hawaiian vacation and is ready to help you plan an Aulani visit or a magical vacation to DIsney World, Disneyland or on the Disney Cruise Line! You can contact Courtney at Courtney@wishdrawals.com.