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Disney takes the lei of the land at Oahu's Aulani Resort
By Laura Bly
Septemer 20, 2011

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Photo by Laura Bly, USA TODAY
About an hour west of Waikiki, Aulani is Disney's first hotel and timeshare development not connected to a theme park. The 8,200-square-foot Waikolohe Pool includes a volcano-like outcropping with two slides.



KAPOLEI, Hawaii – Order a mai tai in the 'Olelo Room lounge at Disney's new Aulani Resort & Spa, and you'll get more than a tropical drink. Also on tap: informal lessons in the Hawaiian language, delivered via labeled shadowboxes, flashing pronunciation guides and bartender Brad Kekuhaupi'ookalani Kalilimoku.

A Native Hawaiian and former University of Hawaii linebacker, Kalilimoku will gladly coach you on the meaning of words like aulani ("messenger of a higher authority"), kama'aina (a local, or "child of the land") and 'iole (rat, unless of course you're referring to Mickey or Minnie).

Fronting a perfect (and man-made) crescent cove in Oahu's Ko Olina resort area about an hour west of Waikiki, Aulani is Disney's first hotel and time-share development not connected to a theme park. It opened last week with 217 hotel rooms and 73 two-bedroom time-share units in two facing towers, and will add another 130 rooms and 134 time shares in mid-November. (When complete in 2013, the 21-acre project will total 359 hotel rooms and 481 time shares.)

For full article visit: http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/story/2011-09-08/Disney-takes-the-lei-of-the-land-at-Oahus-Aulani-Resort/50328218/1
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