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Where to Find Disney Characters and Buffet Dining at Aulani

Mural at Makahiki – Bounty of the Islands at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, celebrates the beauty and culture of Hawai`i with a touch of Disney magic – and that has to include the much-loved Disney characters. And one place you’ll always find them is “Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at the Makahiki” on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.

Makahiki – Bounty of the Islands is destined to be a favorite, not just for the Disney touches, but for the extravagant daily buffets for breakfast and dinner. And the beautiful interior is a visual feast, with spectacular art by local painters, wood carvers and glassmakers. As day turns to night, the restaurant lighting gradually turns from rose to indigo with the setting of the sun. (The “Makahiki season,” by the way, was the ancient Hawaiian New Year festival, a time of peace, play and renewal.)

With a daily buffet for breakfast and dinner, the spirit of the Makahiki is celebrated in the fresh and flavorful cuisine.

Starting with breakfast, the spread includes everything from a simple Continental offering to a Western breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, potatoes, pancakes, waffles, French toast – even baked beans with barbecued ham. The Chinese/Japanese buffet has soy milk, dim sum, crispy dough, wok-fried noodles, seared island fish, tamago, greens, miso soup, steamed rice, dried seaweed and pickled vegetables.

House-Made Dessert at Makahiki – Bounty of the Islands

The casual dinner buffet features line-caught sustainable seafood, fresh salads with local greens, rotating carving stations, Asian-inspired entrees and house-made desserts.

A melting pot of cultures, the expansive buffet features starters from a Nicoise salad to cheeses, lobster bisque and cioppino. On ice, shrimp, marinated squid, scallops, mussels, lobster and tiger prawns showcase the abundance of seafood.

Dining at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Entrees might include sustainable catch in banana leaves, seafood paella, grille poke, roast duck with plum sauce and chicken wrapped in seaweed. For Asian flavors, there’s sushi and sashimi, Chinese pork buns, fried noodles, dim sum and wok-fried seasonal vegetables.

The grill heats up with chicken wings, pork chops, Asian-spiced lamb chops, sausages and assorted satay, with live-action stations featuring pastas with vegetables, meatballs, clam stew, Portuguese sausage, and carved meats or fish.

Delicious tastes with a little something for everyone – and much of the seafood, fruit and vegetables sourced locally.


  • We live in Hawaii & would love to take the kids to breakfast with characters. What are the costs (kamaaina rates?) and which characters will be there? How can I make dining reservations?I’ve tried to find a phone number for Aulani, but it must be a secret. No one knows what it is!


  • This sounds and looks yummy!! I’ve decided that I want your job Pam!! 🙂

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