Our Visit to Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa

I’ve always envied people like Cathi who are able to visit Disneyland on a whim. “Hmmm . . . what should we do today? How about going to Disneyland?” No planning, no packing, just get in the car and go. Well, today was kind of like that for Kaila and I.

I was at home trying to find our Disney Trading pins for our upcoming Disneyland trip when I realized it might be pretty cool to add some Aulani pins to the collection. I searched online and found that people were selling them at an outrageous price! However, I was desperate and even considered buying a few. But then I remembered, “Hey, I live 20 minutes away from Aulani! Why don’t I just go there and buy them myself?” Within 15 minutes Kaila and I were on the road headed to Ko’Olina.

Here we are pulling up to the hotel.

The beautiful “Rainbow Wall” behind the Registration Desk in the Maka’ala Lobby. These photos were taken by Hawaii students, grades K to 12. Their mission was to take a photo of something that they feel showcases our beautiful islands. Each submission had to focus on one color.

The view from the Maka’ala Lobby. Here you can see most of the property as well as the property’s Waikolohe Valley. This Valley includes various water activities. You can see a partial view of the Waikolohe Stream where visitors can take a relaxing tube ride along the 900-foot-long path.

The 3,800 square-foot Rainbow Reef where guests can snorkel with beautifully colored fish that live in the waters around the islands.

Or how would you like to get up close and personal with some friendly stingrays at the Makai Preserve?

Here’s the 2,200-square-foot Menehune Bridge where kids will have a blast playing on the bridges, slides, and waterfalls.

Or take a swim in the hotel’s main pool

You can even take a stroll to Ko’Olina Lagoons and spend the day on the beach.

I mean, who wouldn’t love to sit under these beautiful cabanas?

You may even get to see a concert under the stars.

Back in the lobby is where we found this cute little area for the kids.

And of course, our visit wouldn’t be complete without meeting a few Disney characters. Stitch decided he was hungry and tried to eat some of Kaila’s cereal. She was definitely NOT happy about it and started to cry. He tried to kiss and make-up which brought a few smiles and in the end Kaila threw kisses to him as we left.

Mickey was another story. She just would not look at him!

The Aulani is a beautiful resort showcasing the largest collection of contemporary Hawaiian art in the world. At every turn, you’ll see beautiful Hawaiian flowers, artifacts, photos, painting, statues, and music. What I really liked was the laid-back feel that the hotel promotes. You just can’t help but relax as you slowly stroll through the property as the cast members greet you with smiles and Hawaiian greetings. It’s truly paradise.

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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18 Responses to “Our Visit to Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa”
  1. 1

    Gorgeous photos of Aulani! I should have asked you for some since I just posted about something the other day. Love reading all about Cathi and NY’s trips to Disneyland for the day. Of course, I am also jealous of their ability to do this. That’s it – we all need to move to Orlando together ;)

  2. 2
    Leanne says:

    Beautiful photos! Now I’m jealous of Cathi AND you :)

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    Melissa says:

    How fun! I love the rainbow wall :)

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    gem says:

    LOL! Awww…poor Kaila! I have yet to visit Aulani! But we’ll be going back to Disney again soon!

  5. 5
    Cathi says:

    Just think … in a few weeks you’ll be walking out your door to the Happiest Place on Earth! Every single morning for a bit!! The magic is about to begin but Aulani has all it’s own magic. Tropical! xxooxxoo

  6. 6

    Oh wow, I can’t even imagine being able to go there and do all those things you mentioned! Unfortunately, Illinois is definitely no where NEAR Hawaii so no day trips to beautiful tropical locations for us. LOL

    I think my favorite has to be the rainbow wall-It adds such a pop of color and I love the story behind it :)

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    Mrs. EW says:

    Wow, that was quite a grand tour of Aulani. Beautiful photos. Good PR for Aulani, I must say.

  8. 8

    Beautiful……Ko’Olina brings back great memories! Love how it feels like you are so far away from the city, but yet you can go into Waikiki for some fun too.

  9. 9
    marina says:

    Wow! Can I come stay with you!! How awesome to stay so close to Aulani.The pictures are so gorgeous and the place looks so serene!!

  10. 10

    As Liz Lemon says, “I want to go to there.”

  11. 11

    I won a trip to the Aulani and two of the girls and I went the week before Christmas- and I have to say it was the most amazing time. Definitely made us fall in love with Hawaii (our first visit). We were treated like rock stars from the moment we stepped off the plane til we got out of the limo on the return trip to the airport. Magical. Beautiful. Disney. Your pics brought back some amazing memories, thanks for sharing.

  12. 12
    Renee says:

    How gorgeous! I hope to visit there one day!

  13. 13
    Caryn B says:

    Wow…breathtaking…I have to plan a visit there with the kids…it’s so wonderful to be so close…I love that about Disneyland and I’m certain from the photos you’ll be going back frequently : )

  14. 14
    Piera says:

    Oh my goodness — how lovely! The Rainbow Reef looks amazing!

  15. 15
    Emmi says:

    That place looks amazing! I’m so jealous! I’m ready for a beach or island vacation!

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    Velata says:

    A family paradise in pardise… how do you get much better than that? Glad to see your family had such a great time. Looking forward to visiting next time we are on the islands, hopefuly soon. :)

  17. 17
    Lisa says:

    Looks like you had fun exploring! I haven’t made it out there yet but I think it would be fun to take the kids there for a character breakfast one of these days.

  18. 18

    This place is gorgeous! I love the rainbow picture collage at the front desk =)

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