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‘Mele from Aunty’s Beach House’ at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Michael Ramirez

by , Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

If you’ve been to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai‘i, you have hopefully noticed the many Disney touches at the resort. One particularly special surprise can be heard in our elevators and throughout Aunty’s Beach House. If you listen closely, you’ll hear classic Disney songs being sung in Hawaiian!

When planning for the opening of Aulani Resort, Walt Disney Imagineering selected a variety of songs from the Disney collection and collaborated with producer, songwriter and artist Kenneth Makuakane on musical arrangements. Makuakane also worked with Hawaiian language experts on translations, as well as local musicians and singers on recording, including the Kamehameha School Children’s Choir and Hawaiian recording artist Lehua Kalima.

The music, which was recently released as a collection of 13 songs in “Mele from Aunty’s Beach House, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa,” was nominated for two Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards: Compilation Album of the Year and Engineering – Hawaiian. The Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards honor the achievements of excellence in the Hawaiian recording arts.

To bring home the sounds of Disney in Hawaiian, “Mele from Aunty’s Beach House” is available on iTunes and other music streaming applications. The CD is also available for purchase at Aulani Resort. Listen for my personal favorites, “Ke Noi Aku I Kahi Hōkū” or “When you Wish Upon a Star.”

Comments

  • I purchased this on iTunes some time ago and absolutely love it! I hope to return to Aulani some day with my family. We had an amazing time!

  • Loved all the music at Aulani❤️Very soothing, perfect for vacation, or any day. Downloaded! ??

  • Does this CD have all the songs that play at Aunty’s Beach House, or is this a selection of some of the songs?

  • Awesome – Aulani Resort is like nothing else! I can’t wait to return & take my grandchild(ren)! Now I just need you to release the scent that you have in the hotel lobby areas! 🙂

  • This CD is also available at the upstairs merchandise store at the Polynesian Village Resort in Walt Disney World. I purchased it there in November but I just saw it there again yesterday.

  • THIS IS THE BEST NEWS EVER! I haven’t even been to Aulani yet (but have a summer trip planned) and I really enjoy the music I hear on the phones! I don’t know if the hold music is the same music that is on the CD’s but I will definitely be buying this BEFORE I get there! I’ll need something to listen to during my flight! Very exciting!

  • I loved catching bits of these songs on the Aulani elevators, and I’m so glad to be able to listen to them at home! Google Play lists the album as having been released last year though. I can’t believe I could have been listening to it all this time!

  • We just arrived home from our first trip to Aulani, and this album was the first souvenir I purchased!

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