Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii Adds to the Magic

This fall, Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, in Ko Olina, Hawaii, completed an extensive remodeling project that enhanced its family-focused entertainment offerings By: Kenneth Shapiro
The pool at Ka Maka Landing has an infinity edge and overlooks the beach. // © 2013 Disney
The pool at Ka Maka Landing has an infinity edge and overlooks the beach. // © 2013 Disney

This fall, Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, in Ko Olina, Hawaii, completed an extensive remodeling project that enhanced its family-focused entertainment offerings. The Oahu resort added the Ka Maka Landing, an area that features an infinity pool with a realistic grotto, a splash zone for younger kids and the Ulu Cafe restaurant. The enhancements were based on guest feedback, which indicated that families wanted more water activity areas and more food choices.

In particular, the new pool area is sure to be a hit with visitors. The Ka Maka pool is an infinity pool that overlooks the beach and ocean lagoon. It features a variety of technical innovations that guests of all ages will enjoy.

“We designed an iconic rocky outcropping of coral and lava to stand as the majestic centerpiece of the Ka Maka pool area, and there are a number of magical surprises in store for our guests,” said Jeanette Lomboy, executive producer for Aulani, Walt Disney Imagineering. “Guests can swim to the sounds of whales and dolphins underwater, or spot Manaikalani, the Constellation representing Maui’s fish hook, in the overhead grotto.”

For Aulani’s youngest guests, the new Keiki Cove features a play area with a series of low-pressure water jets that gush up to cool off toddlers. The cove also has a tide pool theme with a mosaic floor designed to look like a friendly octopus.

Finally, the new Ulu Cafe is a casual poolside eatery that offers a quick-service breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. It features a wide variety of grab-and-go offerings, as well as hot entrees, daily sandwiches and soups and specialty coffee and soft drinks. www.disneyaulani.com

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