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12 reasons why families choose Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa for their Hawaiian vacation

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

Positioned on the beautiful beaches of Ko Olina on the leeward coast of O‘ahu sits Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa. Guests staying at this breathtaking resort are removed from the crowds of Waikiki, yet close enough to enjoy the wonders of the island.

From its world-class hospitality, legendary service and enchanting experiences, there are so many reasons why families choose Aulani Resort for their Hawaiian vacation.

Inspired by the natural wonders and rich traditions of Hawaii, Aulani Resort is the ultimate family getaway—celebrating the beauty, history and welcoming spirit of O'ahu. Imaginatively designed to embrace time-honored traditions, Aulani Resort offers an array of Hawaiian-inspired experiences.

8 incredible pools and water play areas

  • Hurtle down water slides, float along a lazy river, snorkel in a private lagoon or simply admire the view from a romantic infinity-edge pool. With interactive play areas, a quiet pool and more, this imaginative oasis offers sun-soaked fun and relaxation for all ages

  • Rent one of the family cabanas which hold up to 6 guests or reserve a cabana for 2 at the adult-only pool

  • Participate in pool parties which include games, dancing, music and special appearances by Disney characters

  • Take your little ones to Keiki Cove, an interactive splash zone that’s inspired by the tidal pools surrounding Aulani

Aunty’s Beach House

At Aunty's Beach House, kids 3 to 12 years old can explore Hawaiian culture, art and music—with a dash of Disney magic.

Activities are supervised and admission to this activity club is complimentary for guests staying at the resort.

Adult-only experiences

While the kids are enjoying the activities at Aunty's Beach House, the adults will have plenty of options so they can spend quality time together:

  • Dine at Ama Ama, an elegant oceanfront restaurant

  • Relax by the Wailana Pool, reserved for guests 18 and older

  • Get a spa treatment at Laniwai spa

  • Sip creative cocktails while enjoying live Hawaiian music

  • Take a walk on the beach to admire the breathtaking O'hau sunsets

Menehune Adventure Trail

This complimentary high-tech scavenger hunt allows guests to discover enchanting surprises throughout the resort.

Luau and hula dancing

The Ka Wa‘a luau performance at Aulani Resort is an exhilarating and enchanting journey through Hawaiian history.

Guests can also grab the whole family and take a complimentary hula lesson to learn Hawaiian's most honored tradition.

The Beach at Aulani Resort

Aulani Resort's beautiful white-sand beach is a place where you can discover a serene lagoon with calm waves for the little ones and lush sweeping seascape.

For the active families, there are beach rental options available like paddleboards and snorkel gear.

Or you can reserve a private casabella lounger and listen to the waves crashing on the beach.

Mo'Olelo Fire Pit Storytelling

In the evenings, guests can gather around a fire pit for a night of enchanting tales told by a master storyteller.

Disney Character interactions

From character dining to resort activities, guests can meet and interact with some of their favorite Disney characters.

'Ukulele lessons

Have some fun learning how to play the 'ukulele with some popular tunes

Stunning scenery

Explore the resort and discover the beauty of Hawaiian culture, art, wildlife and the surrounding landscaping.

Ohana Disney Movie Nights

In the evenings, guests can watch a complimentary Disney movie on the big screen under a starry sky.

Rooms with large families in mind

Whether you are looking for a standard hotel room that sleeps up to 4 guests or you need more space with a villa for a larger family, Aulani Resort has you covered.

The resort's 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas can sleep 5 to 12 guests and feature all the amenities of a home including a full-size kitchen and washer/dryer.

For more information about exploring activities outside of Aulani, make sure you read about O'ahu's Top 8 Family Activities!

Before you make any plans to visit Hawaii, make sure you consult our blog on the Top 5 tips for a successful Hawaiian family vacation.

Lissa Ryan is a Senior Travel Advisor with Kingdom Destinations specializing in luxurious family vacations. Lissa helps busy parents who want to create travel memories with their families through luxury travel experiences, but are too busy or overwhelmed with all the effort and research that is required to plan that perfect vacation.

For more information or to schedule a consultation to discuss a trip to Aulani or any other luxury family vacation, please contact

*Please note that due to COVID-19, some experiences may not be available.

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