More Disney Vacation Club Stories

Progress Continues at Aulani, With Inspiration Taking Shape Outside and Inside

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.

Aerial View of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

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.


  • Great to see Joe involved in another well themed and culturally relative experience and destination.

  • $400 a night at the hotel isn’t affordable…but it looks worth it!

  • Thank you John! I’m really looking forward to this resort. Bought more DVC points there the day they became available. And I’m so impressed that Disney is going the authentic route rather than the animated character route for this particular resort. Looking good!

    -Dusty “MiceChat” Sage

  • I what to go there when it opens

  • When can I go experience the magic of Hawaii brought to us by Disney? Will it be affordable?

  • lol i think its funny how joe rhode was shows in so many clips and he they edited out all of his talking.

  • Such a good move on Disney’s part. Keep with the traditional heritage and culture of the islands.

  • I was there in Aug 2010 and got to see this resort before anything was completed and now have GOT to one day come back and experience it when is in it’s full glory. I KNOW it will be one of the premier destinations for many Disney lovers.

  • When can you apply for a job there?

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