Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Best Of" Week: Aloha from Hawai’i

January 14 1973 … Aloha from Hawai’i… Elvis Pressley broadcast a concert from Hawaii live via satellite. It was the most watched television broadcast by an entertainer in history. He brought his individual style and magic to Hawaii. Now Disney will say “Aloha from Hawai’i” with their new resort on O’ahu.

Disney has had a connection with Hawaii with movies and TV set there and who could forget Lilo and Stitch. Now Disney is building a resort on O’ahu. The resort's name - Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai'i - reflects the company's deep commitment to celebrating the islands' rich history and traditions. Scheduled to open August 2011 it is located on the western side of O'ahu, Aulani on 21 acres of oceanfront property in the Ko Olina Resort & Marina development. The Resort is planned to have 360 hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas.

On web sites I have read: “Disney officials said the new resort's name reflects "the company's deep commitment to celebrating the Islands' rich history and traditions." "We want this resort destination to reflect the vibrant culture that surrounds it. The name 'Aulani' expresses a connection to tradition and deep story-telling — and its roots are here in this land," said Joe Rohde, a senior vice president. The English translation of Aulani is "messenger of a chief," according to the Hawaiian Dictionary by Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel H. Elbert.” Disney translates the Hawaiian name Aulani, to mean "the place that speaks for the great ones" or "the place that speaks with deep messages." Disney's message will include a family resort with an 18,000 square-foot spa, two restaurants, 14,545 square-foot conference center, and 48,685 square feet of outdoor venues, including pools, hot tubs, a snorkeling lagoon and a variety of programs for children. Aulani should employee about 1000 cast members. Disney will begin taking reservations for the new resort in August.

The official Aulani web site is Construction pictures may be found on several web sites, click here and here to see pictures from

By the way, the DVC portion of the resort is called "Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawai'i". Point charts are available on the DVC Members web site.

My wife has already told me to make reservations for our 40th anniversary there in 2013. Anyone want to go along?

1 comment:

  1. We won't crash your anniversary party, but I'd love to go sometime.

    I like the idea of being able to count on Disney quality (and magic) when you are traveling that far from home.


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