We’re quick to point out when a business misappropriates Hawaiian culture for marketing gain. For instance, you can’t simply throw the word “Aloha” in front of a product or service name and consider it authentic. But somehow Disney has got it right when it comes to honoring Polynesia in their Ko Olina resort, even if at a hefty price tag.
This 5-star and high-dollar property is located in the luxury district on Oahu’s western edge. The architecture and landscape design is thoughtful, from pointed Polynesian trusses and kapa designs to fierce tiki carvings and carefully placed gourds. Then of course there is Stitch (pictured above). The lights within the resort are dark, calling upon simpler island times when people lived by natural light and torches at night. The waterpark has been constructed to seem as if it’s natural to the land, complete with faux volcanic rock and plenty of palm shade to protect guests from the hot west side sun. Beyond aesthetics there are cultural activities for the family to enjoy, including Ka Wa’a A Lū‘au, where guests get to immerse themselves in an evening of song, dance and storytelling while enjoying a delectable Hawaiian feast (advanced reservations required). There is so much to do, see, and experience at Disney Aulani that we encourage you to visit the website (disneyaulani.com) and see if it’s worth the price of admission.