Aulani Resort is currently expanding its facilities. When finished, there will be a themed family pool featuring an infinity edge, a misty grotto with an after-dark glittering lights experience, along with a Keiki (kids’) splash zone and a grab-and-go food service facility. Additional deck space, chairs, chaises and cabanas will surround the new water features. They have not published an opening date for these new additions but I am projecting October 1st of this year. You can compare the progress to our last Aulani Construction Update from April 1st HERE.
Here is the view from the lawn on the beach looking makai (a Hawaiian directional term – towards the mountain). The pathway on the left divides the Disney’s Aulani Resort from the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort property and provides beach access for the public. Behind the construction fence is the back side of the new grotto that is just starting to receive it’s first scratch coat of plaster.
This side view of the grotto show Imagineer “Greg” (orange/yellow vest) giving field direction to the local workers.
Here is a busy scene looking back into the Grotto. You can tell the different contractors by the color of their shirts.
From a different vantage point you can clearly see the Grotto and it’s swimming pool to the right. The Marriott Resort towers behind the project and off to the far left you can see the Marriott’s part of the beach.
In this photo you can clearly see the workers installing the pool’s form-work in preparation to be shotcreated.
The Keiki (kids) interactive splash area now has it’s concrete pad poured. Interactive jet nozzle pipes and drain pipes can be seen poking through the pad. The back of the pad has several dozen vertical rebar that will be used to attach a rockwork backdrop.
Here a backhoe operator uncovers previously buried conduits and pipe so connections can be made. The back-side of the existing pool bar is directly behind the operator.
This is the new Grab-and-go food service facility that is attached to the Waianae Tower. Guest rooms are directly above it’s new roof.