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Hotel overview

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, is part of the Ko Olina Resort Community & Marina, which is located on the western shore of O`ahu about 17 miles from the Honolulu International Airport in Hawai`i. Aulani rests on 21 acres of beachfront property in the Ko Olina Resort & Marina development.

Aloha. You’ve arrived at a magical place-a first-of-its-kind Disney creation, inspired by shared family stories. Here you can celebrate the elegance and history of the Hawaiian culture, and embrace a whole new world of possibilities. In the Ko Olina area on the leeward side of Oahu, the Resort is perfectly placed—close to Hawaiian favorites but just far enough away to be an enchanting escape. The soaring architecture of the lobby offers stunning mountain and ocean views, while throughout the Resort you’ll discover luxurious details and flawless Disney magic in harmony with the natural world.

KA WA‘A, a Lu‘au at Aulani Resort:

Aloha ‘Auinala! As the sun dips into the ocean to end the day, a conch shell is blown in the distance and a Hawaiian oli chant begins. This is the tradition of welcoming our Guests to KA WA‘A, a Lu‘au at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa which Guests will soon be able to experience once again! reservations are now available for KA WA‘A Lu‘au which will reopen on March 27, 2021. 

Set under the stars on the beautiful Halawai Lawn, KA WA‘A immerses you in the live music, traditional dance, and ancient stories of Hawai‘i through Disney’s signature entertainment.  Prior to the show, Guests are encouraged to participate in family activities that are now enjoyed from the comfort of their own table. The activity demonstrations include flower arranging and poi pounding, a process in which Taro root is ground to create poi -- a food that is a staple of the ancient Hawaiian diet.  
The lu‘au features a three-course plated meal that includes mouth-watering island favorites such as ahi poke and lomilomi salmon salad, imu-style braised pork, island fish, teriyaki chicken, local seasonal vegetables, and a dessert trio. To accompany the meal, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are included in the event price.  
After dinner, Guests are treated to an enchanting journey through Hawaiian history and discover its deep cultural roots in canoe (wa‘a) exploration, which brought the first explorers to the shores of Ko Olina. Throughout the evening, lively music and traditional Hawaiian dance vividly bring the show’s story to life. 
The lu‘au is offered three nights per week, weather permitting. Reservations can be made online, or by calling (844) 284-7644.  


Honolulu, HI, USA - Honolulu International (HNL) : 30 miles

Property information

Year Built: 2011
Last Renovation: 2012
Accessible rooms: 1
Floors: 15
Total rooms: 359


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General policies & fine print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Minimum Check-In Age: 21
General Policies:

Walt Disney World reservations must be booked with the correct guest names. A complete name change to the lead name is considered a cancellation and will require a new reservation.
A major credit card is required upon check-in to cover phone or incidental charges.

Convention attendees cannot book this property for their convention stay, they must book through the proper convention source.  Convention attendees that violate this policy will be responsible for paying any higher rates and may not be eligible for any promotional offerings.

Room taxes are included in vacation price.

Room requests are not guaranteed and are based upon availability upon check-in.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Ratings & reviews

TripAdvisor traveler rating

  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    20th wedding anniversay & family memories

    A great family trip. The views are amazing. Characters are scheduled daily. Utilize the app for information. Restaurants are expensive. However, just across the road from hotel (walking distance) is other restaurants and shops. The beach, and pool area is really fun! The "Disney" entertainment style Luau on site is great. Overall great family trip. Very expensive for a family of 4 in my opinion. But, its Disney and it is worth it. Its something for everyone.

    Sep 24, 2023
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Loved every minute

    What can I say… Aulani is amazing. It is a Hawaiian resort with a touch of Disney. If you come here looking for full on Disney explosion, this will not be it! Characters appear throughout the morning and afternoon. There are activities for the kids and events you can sign up for. The pools are awesome, especially the lazy river. We stayed in a one bedroom ocean view villa- so much space for a family of three to hang out without being on top of each other. Having a full kitchen and two bathroom areas was so nice. The resort is right across the street from boutique shopping, a convenience store with meals, and restaurants. The beach/lagoon is calm and beautiful and a short walk to a few other gorgeous beaches. Beware the price of food at the resort is outrageous and adds up quickly so it will be smart to make a trip to the store or see if there is grocery delivery available. Having said that, we did enjoy Off the Hook restaurant, sunset dinner at Ama Ama, and Ulu Cafe. Our dinner at Makahiki was “okay”. We are returning in November and December for more Aulani magic!

    Sep 19, 2023
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating

    A friend and I went to walk around here. Could never afford even 1 night here. Looks like a beautiful place to stay. The pools and lazy river looks refreshing. We bought some items from the gift shop. It used to be a 2 hour validation for parking if you spent over $50 in gift shop or a restaurant (was there last year). Well, that's been cut down to only 1 hour which was disappointing.

    Sep 16, 2023
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    I loved It!

    This was my first time to Aulani. My wife had stayed here a few years ago and said it was great. Being a skeptic, I thought it was probably half as great as she thought it was. Nope. It was everything she said it was and more. From the moment we arrived, to the day we left, the cast members treated us with true island courtesy. The resort itself offers so many things to do and if you want to just lay on the beach, it's a beautiful place to do it. Many food choices from quick eats to gourmet dishes all within the resort. We are now looking forward to returning in 2024.

    Sep 15, 2023
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Poor services for an otherwise beautiful resort

    I would not recommend this resort after staying. When you pay to stay at a resort, for resort amenities, I would expect better service. It is ridiculous that any pools or services close at 5. After a day of exploring I expect to be able to use a pool or hot tub at my leisure. This is why you pay to stay at a “resort”. It is also ridiculous that a child cannot swim in a pool with a snorkel or a toy that literally measures 4 inches long. I witnessed my children as well as other children being told they could not play with toys. None of the children were causing issues. I have also never stayed at a resort where you could not have a cocktail in a pool. The life guards are militant in enforcing rules that prevent people from enjoying their stay. I would NOT consider another Disney property after this stay. The resort is beautiful when they allow you to use it.

    Sep 13, 2023