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Families will love:

  • Aunty's Beach House kids' club
  • Teen and 'tween spa and programs
  • Private snorkeling lagoon
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About Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Aulani means "a messenger of a chief" in Hawaiian, meaning the messenger brings news from a higher authority. As a new resort by Disney, the resort serves as Disney's messenger of the Hawaiian spirit, culture and people. Disney's Imagineers worked side by side with local artisans, designers, builders, and historians to create a one-of-a-kind resort on the Hawaiian island of Oahu -- Disney's first and only resort not connected to one of its theme parks.

Located on 21 oceanfront acres in Oahu's Ko Olina Resort and Marina, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, opened to guests in late August 2011, just 17 miles but worlds away from bustling Honolulu. Nestled against a crystal blue lagoon and white-sand beach, the family-friendly (of course!) resort features water play areas and two pools; spas for 'tweens, teens and adults; a kids' club; family and kid activities and programs; Disney character experiences, and two signature restaurants.

The resort is situated around its signature seven-acre water play area called Waikolohe Valley, which mimics the local landscape with a lava-formed mountain with trails leading to the blue waters below. Sprinkled through Waikolohe Valley, as well as all around the resort, are the legendary menehune, Hawaiian "little people," which showcases the local folklore with plenty of whimsy to excite little ones.

The resort is also a Disney Vacation Club resort. Upon final completion in 2013, the resort's twin towers will feature 359 guest rooms, including 16 suites, and 481 two-bedroom villas.

For an inside look at the resort, visit our special video blog and get a glimpse at the rooms, restaurants, kids' programs, entertainment, and more!

Written by Lissa Poirot

Best for:

  • Tots (0-2)
  • Kids (3-6)
  • Kids (7-9)
  • Tweens (10-12)
  • Teens (13+)

Family Interests

  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
  • Water Parks

Family Amenities

  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool

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by lassie
Loved it! From the warm welcome, lovely accommodations, friendly staff, fun family activities and children programs all rated top notch. Don't miss the character buffet breakfast $$$ expensive but worth it. My 6 year old really enjoyed the activities provided by "Aunt Annie" also gives the grown ups time for snorkeling in the beautiful lagoon. Can't ... read more