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

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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