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A Look Inside the Shops of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on September 6th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I hope you join me in wishing Todd and our friends and family at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, a happy anniversary! I can hardly believe it has been two years since the official opening and I know the excitement is building as they prepare for their upcoming expansion to the pool and dining areas with Ka Maka Landing and Ulu Cafe on October 19.

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Earlier this year, we celebrated the opening of Hale Manu, a new contemporary boutique featuring authentic Hawaiian and luxurious lifestyle merchandise. I like to consider this location a hidden treasure because it’s just off the beaten path past the main lobby. Be sure to make it a “must visit” on your list after you arrive. Hale Manu is also home to our line of graphic apparel tees as well as Dooney & Bourke – that’s worth the trip right there!

Maui Divers Tahitian Pearl Jewelry Collection Available at Hale Manu at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

But one of my personal favorites is the Maui Divers Tahitian Pearl jewelry collection.

Kālepa’s Store at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

A little closer to the main lobby is where you’ll find Kālepa’s Store. For those of you who have never been to Aulani before, here’s a sneak peek at what’s inside. The Aloha Retro all-over print is the fan favorite here. Check it out!

Aulani-Inspired Duffy Outfits Available at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

But it’s Duffy who everyone wants to take home… and with these two aloha and Aulani inspired outfits, who wouldn’t?

Over the next couple months I hope to take you shopping around the resort, so I hope you have your bags packed, sunscreen ready and are ready to shop until you drop. Just keep in mind that we’ll be doing a lot of window shopping, as most of the merchandise seen at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa locations are only available there.

Until next time…

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Duckies Waddle at Aulani to Support Efforts in Conserving Our Lands and Water

posted on September 6th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


To commemorate the second anniversary of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, last week – and in support of the Nature Conservancy – a global conservation organization, cast members and guests celebrated with the resort’s first-ever Ducky Derby through the Waikolohe Stream. We captured a “duck-eye” view of more than 1,000 rubber duckies starting their journey from the top of Tubestone Curl, then making a mad splash around the stream before racing to the finish line. For each guest participating, Aulani made a $10 donation, resulting in a $10,000 contribution to Hawai`iʻs Nature Conservancy to help preserve and sustain Hawai`iʻs environment – from the mountains to the ocean.

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Celebrating the Second Anniversary of Aulani with a Look at Resort Expansion, to be Complete October 19

posted on August 29th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Aloha! Today is our second anniversary here at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. It’s a beautiful day here in our Hawaiian paradise, as we celebrate two years of sharing Hawai`i with our Disney Vacation Club members and guests who have had the opportunity to join us. Here’s Vice President and General Manager Elliot Mills with a special message of aloha, and a look at our new pool and dining areas, Ka Maka Landing and Ulu Cafe, opening October 19.

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Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure Park Gives a Peek Inside Market House and Aulani Expansions

posted on August 23rd, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


This morning, Walt Disney Imagineering added new renderings to Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure park, updating guests on the expansions of both Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, and the new Market House, which will open in September on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, serving Starbucks products and a selection of specialty Disney pastries.
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Above is one of the renderings included in the update, which gives you a little peek at what Market House will look like when it opens. As you can see, it will remain themed as a turn-of-the-century general store – and yes, the stove will be there, too!

The new Aulani renderings give guests a detailed look at the new Ka Maka Landing, part of the ongoing expansion at the resort in Hawai`i. You can see these new renderings for yourself inside Blue Sky Cellar now, which will be followed by a larger update this fall.

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Top 5: Fun for Families at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on August 20th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


ʻOhana means family, and at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, every member of the family is included in the fun. From a family breakfast with Aunty and the characters, to a rejuvenating massage for the entire family at Laniwai Spa, to ending the night together at the Starlit Hui show, your ʻohana will create lasting memories of your Hawaiian vacation at every turn. Whether it’s Mom, Dad and the kids, or you’ve included the grandparents and cousins, Aulani provides every member of your family with something to do – both on their own and all together. To help you think about what’s in store for your ʻohana, here’s our Top 5 video on family fun at Aulani.

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Top 5: Fun for Teens at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on August 6th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Aloha! Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is made for families, and for all of us who have teens, we know they can often drive much of the excitement. As the new school year approaches, the kids are having a blast here at Aulani – at the pool, on the beach, in the surf, and just kicking back. So whether your family is looking to join us for a fall break, winter break, or anytime soon, i kēia manawa, the time is now for your teens to start planning some Aulani fun. To help out, hereʻs our third Top 5 video – what teens are loving here at Aulani.

 
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Top 5: Fun for Kids at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on July 23rd, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Aloha! We are in the middle of a fantastic summer here at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. And while the entire family is having a great Hawaiian vacation, the keiki (kids) are busy taking full advantage of every moment of daylight. So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to share our second Top 5 video – this one focused on fun for the keiki. And don’t forget, we have a great fall offer happening now, which includes a 5th night free and a one-time $100 resort credit. For all the details, see this post. So, hele mai, come join us, for some kid fun at Aulani.

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New Offer Gives You More Time to Enjoy Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on July 11th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


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As we say in Hawai`i, e hoʻolohe ana mai … listen up! … because all of us here at Aulani are calling for you to join us in a magical Hawaiian vacation.

A new offer at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai‘i, will have you wanting to escape to our vacation paradise. For a limited time, when you purchase a minimum four-night stay, you will get a fifth night free plus an additional $100 one-time resort credit. This special offer is available for stays most nights August 26 through November 23, 2013, and December 1 through December 15, 2013.

One more night at Aulani means extra time for the family to splash in and around the pools, water slides and beach. In addition, the kids will be delighted to have extra play time at Aunty’s Beach House, and enjoy our world-class entertainment and visits from Disney characters. And with your $100 Aulani resort credit, you can enjoy even more, including our great restaurants and lounges, Laniwai Spa, excursions and beach activities.

You can book this offer now through September 6, 2013. To book, call toll-free (866) 309-2384, or your local travel agent. You may also go online to learn more and purchase the vacation package at DisneyAulani.com.

As you may recall, our expansion project is in progress through the summer. You may notice this work during your stay, but there will be even more amazing water activities and dining options coming when the work is completed in late September. We hope to see you soon.

*5 Nights for the Price of 4 Nights with $100 One-Time Resort Credit offer for guests who stay five or more consecutive nights between August 26, 2013 through November 23, 2013, or December 1, 2013 through December 15, 2013. 5 Nights for the Price of 4 offer excludes Ocean View rooms, Ocean View Villas, suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Save 15% with $100 One-TimeResort Credit Offer is for Ocean View rooms and 1- and 2-bedroom Ocean ViewVillas for guests who stay five or more consecutive nights during the same periods. No stays for either offer may include any days between November 24, 2013 and November 30, 2013. Must book from July 10, 2013 through September 3, 2013. Savings based on non-discounted room rates. The number of rooms allocated for these offers is limited, and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Excludes Resort fees and taxes. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room. Offer applied once per reservation. Resort credit expires upon check out. Advance reservations required. Limit two rooms per reservation. Subject to additional restrictions and change without notice.

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Top 5: Fun for Toddlers at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on July 10th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Aloha from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i! I am Todd Apo, Director of Public Affairs, and am lucky enough to have been involved with Aulani since before it even had its name. I got to be a part of its development from planning, to construction, to opening our doors on August 29, 2011 – when we got to say “E komo mai” (welcome) to our first guests and DVC owners. I am excited about the opportunity to share a bit of aloha here on the Disney Parks Blog, and whether you have visited us yet or not, I hope you will agree that Aulani is a Hawaiian paradise.

As we move into our second summer, we hope youʻve heard about all of the family fun we have waiting for you. So whether you’ve already got your reservations and weʻll be seeing you here soon, or we can help convince you to hele mai (come along) and join us for a magical Hawaiian experience, we thought we would share with you what our guests are loving most about Aulani. Through this series, we are going to share our thoughts on the “Top 5″ things to do for families, adults, teens, kids and toddlers – we’ve got something for everyone. So today, we kick it off with the top activities for toddlers.

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Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, First Resort in Hawai‘i to Obtain LEED Silver Certification

posted on June 28th, 2013 by Elliot Mills, Vice President and General Manager, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


At Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, we have a strong focus on our island culture, which includes a responsibility to preserve and respect our `aina (land). That’s why we’re so proud that Aulani recently became the first resort in Hawai‘i to obtain LEED Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for implementing environmentally friendly construction practices and building systems.

According to the USGBC website, LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. To obtain LEED certification, buildings must pass a rigorous checklist of sustainability points that include water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and awareness and education. LEED certification is also about being stewards of the environment with sensitivity to the impacts on our natural world.

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, First Resort in Hawai‘i to Obtain LEED Silver Certification

Some of the environmental initiatives in place that allowed us to receive this honor include the use of waste heat for hot water needs. For instance, many people don’t realize that we harvest the heat emitted from the resort’s large chillers – which are used to keep the buildings cool – and divert it to heat the whirlpool spas and swimming pools. We also provide 34 electric car charging stations for plug-in vehicles within Aulani’s parking structure.

Even the location of our resort was taken into consideration for LEED certification. Building on an already developed master planned resort location meant that no trees needed to be cleared and no undeveloped lands were disturbed for Aulani.

As we look toward the future, and look forward to completing our enhancements in September, we will always keep the environment in mind and look for ways to be even more respectful of the land. It is our kuleana (responsibility and privilege).

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