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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.  

Location

Ko'Olina
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
    Family friendly and GORGEOUS!

    This is a beautiful resort located on the lagoon of Ko’Olina on the Island of Oahu. It definitely reflects the culture of Hawaii. Ko’Olina is a quiet area away from the bustling Waikiki traffic. The restaurants at Aulani were nice. The food was tasty and plentiful. The touch of Disney was nicely incorporated, but the Hawaiian culture was definitely magnified throughout the resort and in the offerings at the restaurants. The staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful. It was fun to see the Disney Characters throughout the day and the Pool Parties were fun for the kids. Disney enthusiasts will enjoy the touch of Disney but it definitely is not the focus. If you are looking for a kid free/ family unfriendly resort then you should look elsewhere. This is a wonderful place for people to go with a multigenerational family because there is something for everyone. We definitely plan to return!

    Feb 27, 2024
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Hard no - stay a night for your kids and then book the rest of your trip elsewhere!

    We spent 5 nights at Aulani with our kiddos (ages 5 and 8) in Feb 2024. Aulani will be a hard no for us in the future. The good: The employees are fantastic, lovely people. Our son loved the Rainbow Reef and it was a good introduction to snorkeling for a kid who is intimidated by the ocean. The Moana character/cast member was fantastic and my daughter loved seeing her. The kids loved kid karaoke and the pools. The bad: They pack this hotel to the absolute gills and it is just too crowded, loud, etc to be remotely enjoyable. There were theme-park style lines for towels, elevators, bathrooms, food, etc. We couldn't get dinner reservations or access most of the kid activities advertised because all were already reserved upon arrival. It was impossible to get pool chairs or find seating. The set-up of the water park made it difficult to keep tabs on your kids as there are many, small cordoned-off areas of play out of line of sight. There was so much chlorine in the pool that my legs are peeling and our kids' eyes burned every night, even if they used goggles. A standard sized bottle of water in the cafe by the pool was $5. A nearly inedible pasta with soup and dessert was $75. The price gouging was really shameless, even for Disney. While we have checked Aulani off the list, my advice to other parents is this: if you feel the need to go check this out for your kids, book literally anywhere else for your stay and book Aulani for one night. You can use the pool and facilities for two days, let your kids get their water park / Disney fix, and then go recover and relax for the rest of your vacation. We ran into two families we knew when we were there and they both scheduled their trips that way and wished we had done the same. We walked to nearby hotels (Marriott, Four Seasons) for as many meals as we could just to get a break from the chaos. Even the Four Seasons food prices were more reasonable. I've never written a bad review before, but this was a huge financial and time investment for our family and I feel compelled to let other families know what they are signing up for! If the hotel was half as crowded and we could have taken advantage of the advertised kid activities it may have redeemed some of the other negatives. Hope this helps!

    Feb 26, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Beautiful but crowded resort

    This was our first trip to Disney’s Aulani Resort and overall it’s a great place if 1. You have children with you 2. You are ok with spending A LOT of money on food. 3. You are a DVC member and use points to book (the prices are way too high in my opinion to justify). It was just myself and my husband, and honestly the only reason we stayed there vs another resort in Oahu is because we are DVC members, we wanted to try it at least once, and we needed to use up points before they expired. Check-In & Rooms - Check in was relatively fast and efficient. However, our 1st room was in the Ewa tower, 6th floor with a view/balcony facing inward towards the pool area. This meant that the view of the ocean was barely visible due to all the high trees and the noise from the pool/lazy river area was loud. So after we had dinner the 1st night, we asked to be moved to a different room. The 2nd room (8th floor, Waianae Tower) was better for us b/c it was on the outer side. This left us with a view of some ocean, but mostly the Four Seasons next door, but it was better for us b/c it was quieter. That is until trying to sleep at night - there was a constant beeping noise, probably from the Four Seasons. I understand Aulani can’t control this - but it was super annoying and made it difficult to sleep. Other than that, the room was very nice & clean. Pool/Beach Areas - Unfortunately, we were there during the taping of American Idol (apparently every year in early Feb). This meant that a large section of adult only lounge chairs was roped off, plus the set-up on the beach, which caused even more crowded areas and not being able to get away from all the little kids. The lounge chairs are packed way too close together (you can’t even step in between them). The chairs by the pool are ok because they have a little padding, but on the beach they are quite hard and on an incline, so not comfortable to sit on for long periods. Also, I found the pool towels to be quite rough on the skin. I am sensitive to which fabrics I wear and I wish I would have brought my own beach towel. The lazy river is nice, but of the 4-5 hot tubs, only 1 of them was actually hot, and the adult only one was lukewarm at best. A;l the hot tubs were crowded at all times. Food - We didn’t eat much at the resort due mostly to the prices. I know that prices on the islands are higher, but the prices at Aulani are even more. The lunches we had were fine, but nothing special. Definitely stop at a grocery store and pick up drinks, snacks or simple things to make in your room. Bring a refillable water bottle. There is an ice machine & water at the Ulu Cafe for refills. I recommend MonkeyPod Kitchen, 808 Craft House, Kalapawai Cafe & Deli, & Roy’s for dinner. Overall, the resort is just too crowded and crammed and not a relaxing experience. I did enjoy the walking/running path that is about 1.5 miles in between Four Seasons and Marriott resorts. Of course we knew there would be a lot of little kids there, but were hoping to be able to separate ourselves a bit. We did have a rental car, so we were able to eat outside of the resort, visit Pearl Harbor, visit Ko Hona Rum Distillery (fabulous) and tour the island.

    Feb 22, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great stay with my Ohana

    Overall great stay at Aulani. We were there for four nights as a family of mom, dad, and 2 boys ages 9 and 12. I was able to check in on my app and bypass the front desk. We arrived at the hotel around 2pm and luckily I had received a message that our room was ready. We had a 1BR villa, super well appointed with full kitchen and W/D combo. The pullout sofa was memory foam and comfortable. The boys took turns sleeping in the twin pulldown bed under the living room TV. They loved the novelty! King bed was comfortable and it was nice having two separate sinks and a separate tub and shower. We had an island view, really more of a parking garage view, so we spent no time on the balcony. The resort is big and for mid February, it was VERY busy, maybe because of President’s Day weekend. Just like with our experiences with Disney Parks now though, I don’t know that there is a quiet period anymore! We ordered takeout from Off the Hook our first evening. Decent food, definitely pricey for what you get. We mostly ordered adult beverages from that restaurant though. Ulu Cafe is a great grab and go option though and would be good for any meal. Expect Hawaii/Disney prices. For breakfast every morning, I walked across the street to Island Country market, which still has expensive prices compared to back home, but not as painful as at Aulani. We didn’t eat any sit down meals at Aulani. We went to Four Seasons twice (Mina’s and Noe) and then across the street to Monkeypod for our last dinner. Reservations are highly highly recommended for those places. There are photographers who will take your family’s photos at sunset on the beach. We only did this one day, so we only paid $25 for all of the photos! Highly enjoyed our stay: it’s away from the craziness of Waikiki, but it’s also a trek away from other attractions on the island, so I’d recommend a car. Older kids might get bored after a while but it’s a nice resort to come home to after exploring other parts of Oahu for the day. Overall, a great stay.

    Feb 19, 2024
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Beware American Idol filming

    Unbeknownst to us, the Aulani apparently hosts American Idol filming annually during a week in February. For a special family vacation, we chose Aulani only because we were able to book a Grand Villa (at full price) 11 months in advance that directly faced the beach and ocean. Aulani notified us in late November that a TV show would be filming during our February visit on a segment of the beach. The show was not identified, and nothing was said about music and bright lights. Of course, by then it was too late for us to change plans anyway. Bottom line, the American Idol production was incredibly intrusive. We suffered very loud music between about 11 am and 8:30 pm every day. We had to keep balcony doors closed to reduce the noise level enough for conversation and for small children to nap. Sound level near some of the pools was also extremely loud at times. Moreover, after the music stopped in the evening, sporadic night-time spotlights from different directions sometimes made our balcony further unusable. A lot of guests were very annoyed by the filming, in part because crews were everywhere, for example filming in the store, conducting interviews, and blocking key pathways when moving equipment and running electrical cables. They also took complete possession of a prime deck area not on the beach. Clearly Aulani chooses not to be upfront, open, and timely in notifying guests. When we asked if we might be due some compensation for our disappointing experience, we were rather abruptly told that this was not negotiable and that we should have asked for a different room – as if any of the rooms with a great view would not also have great noise. If you love American Idol, book one of the expensive rooms facing the water. If you prefer quiet but must go in February, book a room overlooking the luau grounds. During other months, Aulani is really quite a wonderful place for small children, though not very attuned to the Hawaii experience.

    Feb 18, 2024