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posted on August 30, 2011 15:05
Disney cuts ribbon on Aulani resort
A sunrise ceremony welcomes visitors to the $800 million luxury complexCOURTESY DISNEY
By Andrew Gomes
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 30, 2011
Aulani, Disney’s new resort at Ko Olina, welcomed its first guests Monday
Among the first to enter were Norma Lum, 3-year-old Laurea, and Laurea’s mother Laura.
The first guests of Disney's new resort on Oahu arrived on Monday before the crack of dawn to witness a sunrise ceremony to open the 840-unit luxury hotel and time-share complex at Ko Olina Resort & Marina.
Kahulu De Santos, Aulani's cultural adviser, delivered an oli, or chant in Hawaiian, to express aloha to guests and staff in attendance.
Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in Florida, also made welcoming remarks. "We are thrilled to open our doors and invite guests from around the world to experience Aulani," he said in a statement. "This resort is a unique and exciting project that combines the magic and storytelling of Disney with the rich culture and beautiful scenery of Hawaii. It is the ultimate family paradise with a touch of Disney magic."
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