For starters, I wanted to share a recent aerial photo of the work-in-progress on Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i.
I love this one because I think it gives you a great feeling for the beauty of the location as well as a sense of what the Resort will look like when it’s completed. In the middle of the central courtyard you can see the unusual structure that will become the lava outcropping, part of the big water play area at Aulani. The low white building taking shape to the upper left of that, down by the beach, will be the Resort’s signature `Ama `Ama restaurant.
Another part of the special Aulani guest experience will be the interior “look” of the Resort, brought to life by the many pieces of art and décor created by local artists. Fun, joyous, unexpected pieces – modern, historic, traditional and abstract – are being created by a diverse array of remarkable creative talents. In this video, some of them speak about how unusual and exciting the Aulani approach will be.
If (like me) you’re not so familiar with Hawaiian words, here are a couple of helpful definitions. Mana is the spiritual power that inhabits all things and creatures. Kapa is cloth made of beaten bark.
In upcoming posts, I’ll tell you more about the “Disney differences” at Aulani: the amenities and unique touches that will make Aulani a family vacation experience like no other.