• Aulani Resort & Spa
    Aulani Sculptures

    Sometimes it’s the little things that make a Disney Resort great, and then sometimes it is the big things that make a Disney Resort great! Here are three large, beautiful, hand-made wooden sculptures that grace the resort’s entrance drive. Enjoy! Tweet

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    Two New Aulani Videos Added to DbM Interludes

    About DbM Interludes Disney by Mark (DbM) Interludes is a series of videos intended to relax the viewer with beautiful scenes from Disney’s Parks and Resorts. All videos are © Hickson Media Aulani Resort’s Koi Pond Falls Aulani Resort has a tranquil Koi fish pond at the entrance to Waikolohe Valley. These small falls feed […]

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    Laura Marano Visits Aulani

    ‘Austin & Ally’ star Laura Marano poses with a keiki (children’s) choir at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, on the island of Oahu in Hawai’i during production of ‘Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration.’ The star-studded television special, which airs Christmas Day on ABC. photo: David Murphey/Disney Parks Tweet

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    Deleted Disney: Aulani’s Map of Hawai’i

    By Mark Hickson: The Visitor Center at Aulani Resort used to have this wonderful mural of the Hawaiian Islands (click on it to make it bigger). Unfortunately it only lasted 18 months! It was covered up by the new themeing that was installed when they converted the space into the new merchandise apparel store called […]

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    Aulani Resort’s Koi Pond

    Aulani’s Koi Pond is not a static display of Japanese Koi fish but a place of waterfalls and jumping jets of water. Located between Makahiki’s veranda and Waikolohe stream, this serene place helps the guests to slow down and appreciate the beauty of Waikolohe Valley and the brilliant architecture of the main house. Related DbM […]

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    Dining Review: Makahiki Lunch

    By Mark Hickson: Today I had a quick lunch at Aulani Resort’s Makahiki RRestaurant I ordered the Mākaha, a Ham and Swiss Cheese Sandwich topped with Caesar Salad and Pesto-marinated Tomatoes that was served open-faced on Focaccia Bread ($13.00). Since it was hot outside, I also ordered a tall, cold Coke. What can I say… it […]

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    Scuttlebutt – Some Shocking Stories

    Monorail Struck by Lightning. A Disney World monorail train on the Epcot line had to be evacuated Sunday night after what passengers said was a possible lightning strike. About 120 people were evacuated, and there were no injuries, according to Reedy Creek fire officials. Some were evacuated through the emergency hatch on the roof of the […]

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    Aulani Artwork

    By Mark Hickson: Aulani Resort has some great artwork. For example, each elevator lobby has an original Hawaiian painting. Here are several that greet you on your way to your room. This could be anywhere in Hawaii. It looks like Lahaina or Waikiki if the mountains were right. But that’s not important, the important thing […]

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    DbM’s 2013 Top & Bottom Five Disney Dining Experiences

    Here is Disney by Mark’s year-end summary of our Disney dining “Hits & Misses.” This year DbM visited 53 Restaurants, Cafes, Fast Food Joints, Bars, Lounges, Food and Beverage stands at Disney’s California, Florida and Hawai’i parks and resorts. This review excludes Epcot’s 2013 International Food & Wine Festival which is reviewed separately. Links to […]

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    The Art of Aulani

    There is a small vestibule next to Aulani Resort’s Makahiki Resturant waiting area that displays some exquisit carved Hawai’i Koa wood planks. They depict scenes from ancient Hawaiian life and are the work of local artists. Ke Kapa Kai – Purification Ka Lú Kókó – Shaking the net Ka Mokomoko – Boxing Ka Hula – […]