Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Announces 2017-2018 Ambassador

It is with great pleasure I introduce Manako Tanaka as the 2017-2018 Aulani Ambassador.

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, blends the rich history and traditions of The Walt Disney Company with the stories, culture and aloha spirit of Hawai`i. In 1965, Walt Disney selected the first Disney Ambassador, Julie Reihm Casaletto, to serve as the official spokesperson and representative of Disneyland. Manako will serve as an emissary of goodwill and represent Aulani at a variety of events in the community, such as VoluntEARS activities, in the media as an Aulani spokesperson, and at cast recognition ceremonies.

Manako currently works in Front Office at the resort, sharing his wealth of knowledge and passion for Hawaiian culture with guests, members and his cast ‘ohana. He joined Aulani as part of the opening team as a Cultural Greeter, engaging guests and members upon their arrival to the resort. Poeko ‘o ia ma ka ‘olelo Hawai‘i, which means he is fluent in Hawaiian language! Manako was also a Disney College Program participant at Walt Disney World Resort, gaining experience at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

I am so pleased to welcome my new Ambassa-brother to this magical ‘ohana!

Ho‘omaika‘i – Congratulations, Manako!


  • Ho’omaika’i My friend…. You will do an amazing job in representing Aulani.. Your pu’uwai is full of Aloha… Literally “a mound of water” and your Aloha will flow freely like a spring.. So happy and so proud that you will represent… Aloha My Friend…

  • A marvelous choice! He represents Hawai’i and Aulani well.

  • Janelle and Manako – there is no better recognition of your hard work and genuine aloha. As a Disney fan, I think it’s so cool that cast members get to represent their peers in the wider community. As your former teacher, I couldn’t be prouder of your accomplishments. You picked it right, Disney!

    • Manakō will do a tremendous job representing Aulani Resort and our cast ‘ohana. Mahalo to you all for your support and aloha!

  • Congratulations friend! So proud of the accomplishments you’ve made since we worked at the Polynesian. Congrats again!

  • My friend, Manakō Milano from Aulani–over the moon for you–you totally deserve this!!! All the best! #DisneyOhana #FormerCPsGoOnToGreatness #MyCPAlumniShirtMadeUsFriends

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