Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is located on Oahu’s sunny Leeward (west) side, home to some of the best weather found on this popular Hawaiian island. Still, as with any tropical paradise, a little rain can fall and provide a refreshing break from the typically sunny days.
As local Hawaiians know all too well, Hawai`i is a very special collection of diverse micro-environments. So if you see a little rain in the forecast for your next Aulani vacation, don’t panic. These environments make the weather in Hawai`i very localized. For example, it may be raining on the island’s Windward (east) side, but entirely sunny at Aulani in Ko Olina on the Leeward side.
Still, if you do find yourself with a period of liquid sunshine at Aulani, here are a few of my favorite activities to make the best of things:
- Uncle’s Kahakai Canoe Race: Hawaiian outriggers are marvels of beauty, speed and craftsmanship. Join Uncle in the Pau Hana Room as he shares his knowledge of canoe making. You can build your own small canoe and once the rain clears, head to the beach to race them!
- Family Fun Animation: In this art class, you’ll not only sketch favorite Disney friends and paint an Aulani-exclusive Disney Animation Cel, but you’ll learn tips and tricks that helped create beloved Disney animated films!
- Ho`okani Pila: Meet up with friends to learn basic ‘ukulele chords and wow each other with your new musical skills!
- Menehune Adventure Trail: Menehune, the legendary “little people” of Hawaii, are mischievous, yet crafty builders capable of mighty feats. Take this high-tech scavenger hunt to the Maka`ala Lobby and follow the trail to help the Menehune find their magical items!
There’s also plenty of other indoor activities to enjoy at Aunty’s Beach House or the Pau Hana Room–even when the weather outside is perfectly sunny!
By the way, what is my absolute FAVORITE rainy day activity at Aulani? It’s waiting for the rain to pause and the sun to break through the clouds, because that’s when you can see a beautiful Hawaiian “anuenue” – or rainbow!
What’s your favorite rainy day activity at Aulani?