Aloha All Day at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Aloha Awakea!

Aloha awakea, Disney Parks Blog readers! This is the appropriate Hawaiian greeting for the middle of the day. You may remember in my last post, I shared how there is a Hawaiian greeting for different times of the day. As we continue the “Aloha All Day” series, today I’ll share a few things to experience in the late morning to early afternoon at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa!

As the sun starts to position itself above you and we approach the middle of the day, there are so many areas to explore throughout Aulani’s Waikolohe Valley. Maybe a lazy stroll, or meandering ride along Waikolohe Stream is more your style in the late morning. As you relax in your innertube, keep an eye out for various animals carved into the lava rock walls along Waikolohe Stream and within Pu‘u Kilo, the lava outcropping.

Grab an interactive handset from the Pau Hana Room and set foot on the Menehune Adventure Trail. Even though it’s the middle of the day, the trail is an engaging way to experience some of the mischief and riddles left behind by the Menehune from the night before. After all, Menehune are mischievous, often playful, little laborers. One of my favorite surprises is a special appearance from a mo‘o, a gecko!

Aloha All Day at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Papalua Shave Ice

All of that adventure and exploration in the midday sun is bound to work up an appetite for a cold treat! Stop by The Lava Shack for some pineapple soft serve. I enjoy mine swirled so I can enjoy a bit of vanilla and pineapple in every bite. For a more local treat, head over to Papalua Shave Ice. My suggestion – li-hing mui, liliko‘i and pineapple flavors with ice cream at the bottom of the shave ice cup. Yum!

Aloha All Day at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa: Popcorn Bucket from Ulu Cafe

Treats and some early afternoon fun in the sun – can it get any better? Well of course it can! Pick up an Aulani popcorn bucket from Ulu Cafe. When you’re through enjoying the popcorn inside, the bucket doubles as a sand castle mold—perfect for a visit to our lagoon!

I can’t wait to hear your favorite things to do during the awakea at Aulani!


  • We love Auntie’s! Especially when the midday sun begins to hear us up! We drop the kids off for an amazing buffet lunch and we go for a walk on the beach and some amazing food at Ama Ama!
    We also like to make up scavenger hunts for our kids and have a special prize eating for them from the gift shop.

  • All the things mentioned in the article are winners. These are the things I especially love to do at Aulani in the first part of the day, or actually, any time of the day.
    Love that everytime we drive up to Aulani main entrance we are greeted with “Aloha, Welcome home” to start off.
    Love spending time in the Lazy River, eating breakfast on Ama Ama Patio, and love, love, love Lani Wai Spa.

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