Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Ko’Olina, on Hawaii’s island of Oahu, is on schedule for its planned opening in the Fall of 2011. Sure to become a favorite timeshare vacation destination, Aulani is a unique blend of the culture of the Hawaiian Islands, and Disney magic.
When you stay at Aulani you are immersed in “the adventure, stories, and wonders of true Hawaii,” all with the typical Disney flare for magic and fun. Beginning with the iconic volcano landmark which is actually part of an adventure of exhilarating waterslides, to thrilling encounters with gentle sting rays in the Conservation Pool and Makai Preserve, every member of the family will find more than enough to keep happily busy.
When it’s time to relax, head to the Wailana Pool, separate from the active main pools, where you can indulge in a tranquil retreat amdist lush tropical landscaping and calming waters.
And it’s no standard kiddie pool and children’s playground for the Aulani. With special pixie dust Disney brings to life the Menehunes. These legendary “little people” are Hawaii’s version of elves, leprechauns, and fairies all rolled into one, and are said to be responsible for mysterious happenings on the islands. At the Aluani, the Menehune Bridge is a 2,200-square-foot, interactive water play area for children that will include slides, a climbing structure, and more. And keep an eye out for the mischievous Menehunes – you never know when you might spot one.
One of the most anticipated activities at the Aulani is Rainbow Reef, the unique interactive snorkeling experience in the Waikolohe Valley recreation space. The 3,000-square-foot lagoon will contain numerous tropical fish found locally around Hawai‘I and available for up-close viewing by snorkelers.
Assistant Curator Marjorie Awai talks about Rainbow Reef in the video above. Notice that an additional feature of the lagoon will be the underwater rock formations which take on some striking shapes when you look at them closely. Enjoy!