posted on April 1st, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort
This first one was in an elevator that I rode every day, but didn’t I see him until almost the very last day of my trip. I just know he was laughing at me every time I took that elevator.
I really enjoyed photographing this next pair of Menehune. It was a perfect day, no wind at all – at least that’s what I thought. After about five minutes standing under the water, trying to get the perfect star effect in the photo, this big gust of wind came up and drenched my camera and me. Mischief makers or just mother nature? I’m not sure.
Whether under the water, on top of telephones outside the conference center, or hiding in a canoe as you’re enjoying the water slide, the Menehune will eventually make their presence known!
posted on April 1st, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations
Residents of Hawai‘i and most visitors know the tales of the mysterious Menehune, but how many have actually seen one?
How’d he do? You be the judge.
posted on April 1st, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
After a leisurely day at the beach or exploring the island, what a pleasure for Disney Vacation Club members to return to their villas at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, and find supper is ready. The resort recently introduced a new way to end the day, a perk just for Disney Vacation Club members.
The chefs are creating four different meals that serve up to four diners with an entrée, side dishes, a salad and dessert. The baked pasta, for instance, comes with a Caesar salad, garlic bread, grilled vegetables and a cheesecake with berries. Roasted rosemary chicken incudes corn on the cob, mac ‘n cheese, a green salad, dinner rolls and a fruit cobbler. There’s also meatloaf and baked salmon with all the fixin’s.
Disney Vacation Club members may order their meals by calling Private Dining before 12 noon for delivery that evening between the hours of 5 and 10 p.m.
Sure makes it easy to enjoy the spacious kitchens and dining rooms in the villas!
posted on April 1st, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
UPDATE: Congratulations to everyone who correctly answered our Menehune takeover trivia questions today. Here are the correct answers:
What celebrity recently hosted her daytime talk show live from Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai’I?
ANSWER: Kelly Ripa
According to Aulani’s storyline, Menhune were responsible for building which unique guest offering?
ANSWER: Menehune Bridge (name for the children’s water play area)
Where can you interact with stingrays at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai’I?
ANSWER: Makai Preserve
No Foolin’ – The blog is under new “Menehune” management today and the first order of business is to hold a trivia sweepstakes for loyal Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa fans and Disney Parks Blog readers.
If you’re one of the first 50 people to answer three trivia questions correctly, we’ll send you a wonderful Menehune-inspired Vinylmation. We only sell them on the island, you know.
Just as the Menehune hide throughout Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai`i, the answers that’ll lead to a chance to receive a Menehune-inspired Vinylmation are hidden in Disney Parks Blog posts. Here are the questions:
- What celebrity recently hosted her daytime talk show live from Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai’i?
- According to Aulani’s storyline, Menehune were responsible for building which unique guest offering?
- Where can you interact with stingrays at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai’i?
To enter, just e-mail your answers along with your full name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the sweepstakes is over, we’ll send notifications to the recipients via e-mail. To read all the sweepstakes rules and eligibility requirements, click here.
Good luck, and please don’t spoil it for others by posting guesses or answers in the comments.
Sweepstakes open to US residents 18 and over. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Ends 4/2/12.
posted on April 1st, 2012 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations
Joe oversaw the creative design and content of the resort, and he was a strong advocate for the celebration of Hawaiian culture that can be found throughout Aulani. I’m sure the project kept him plenty busy, and yet he somehow found time to illustrate “The Untold Tales of the Menehune,” a storybook in verse by Scott Ritchey that touches the very heart of the resort and the legends of Hawai’i. Here’s Joe, reading a passage from the book.
So, for those uninitiated in the ways of the Menehune, that was a little introduction read by Joe himself. “The Untold Tales of the Menehune” is available for purchase at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.
posted on April 1st, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
I love saying the word “aloha,” as it brings a smile to my face. I’ve been fascinated with Hawaiian culture for years. I first visited the islands of Oahu and Maui in May 2007, and I’ve longed to return every day since. I have a great reason to return now that Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, is open. I recently caught up with Disney Design Group artist Bob Holden, who has been designing the Aulani merchandise for more than two years. He shared some insight into the merchandise found at the resort.
“I first visited Aulani in 2010 when the resort only had five floors and lots of concrete,” said Bob. “We wanted to immerse ourselves in the environment before beginning development. Upon returning to Florida, we created mood boards which provided inspiration and direction for development. The boards were based on conversations with Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, who was the executive designer for the resort, and our own experiences.”
There are a few distinct styles found at the resort – “family art” (or should I say “ohana”?), which has Disney characters enjoying the resort; a “retro” program inspired by Hawai`i in the 1930s; and “resort logo,” which features the Aulani resort logo. Product developer Lindsay Voigt also mentioned that locally made Hawaiian items are featured.
“We wanted to infuse many aspects of Hawaiian culture in our merchandise,” explained Lindsay. “Kalepa’s Store, the merchandise location at Aulani, features beautiful handcrafted items made by local Hawaiian artisans. This mix of merchandise helps us tell Aulani’s story as a place that celebrates Hawaiian culture, history and traditions.”
Lindsay told me that some of the most popular items since the resort opened have been specially designed Dooney & Bourke handbags (a new one was recently released), Duffy the Disney Bear, and apparel from Tori Richard, a well known aloha shirt company. I have about 40 aloha shirts in my closet and the Tori Richard shirt is great! Bob worked closely with their design team to infuse color (originally it was very brown) and icons from the resort, like the Menehune.
I’m most excited about some new shave ice shirts coming later this year. I’ll never forget the first shave ice I had after snorkeling in Hanauma Bay in 2007. Now I must go back to the island! Aloha!