Aulani Resort
  • On Apr 17, 2021
    Dee from NY Asked

    Hi there I’d like to know more about Aulani like September time of year, activities, anniversary celebrations, excursions, resort activities etc thank you traveling from NY for our 25th wedding anniversary 2022

    Aloha Dee!

    Twenty-five years of marriage is something to be proud of and celebrate! Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa is an ideal choice to mark your special anniversary. We are making our second visit to Aulani this summer to celebrate my parents’ 51st anniversary after rescheduling last year’s visit. Since many excursions and activities are still on pause due to the pandemic, I won’t be able to give as much specific information and links as I would like to Dee, but I have some ideas and you can check back with us as things begin to return to more normalcy over the next year.

    September should be a good time to visit, as schools are back in session making for a more relaxed atmosphere. The weather in Hawaii is fairly consistent and the average summer temperature is around 85 degrees with a lovely light breeze. It’s perfect weather for swimming, but fairly comfortable for other tourist activities.

    On our first visit to the resort, we had an amazing dinner at ‘AMA’AMA Restaurant, and I would recommend making reservations here for an anniversary meal. This open-air restaurant has amazing ocean views, and booking a reservation about 30 minutes before sunset should offer an unforgettable backdrop to your celebration. The Hawaiian and Asian inspired menu features fresh locally grown produce and sustainably caught fresh fish, as well as house-made desserts. While this location is currently closed, I am hopeful it will be open for your trip next year.

    Experience the beauty of snorkeling without ever leaving the resort at Rainbow Reef! Equipment rental is included in the price so you don’t have to have your own gear to enjoy this experience. You’ll also find a wide variety of excursions available from the resort, with options to suit all ages and tastes. Dolphin excursions are always popular, as are zip-lining (though my kids want to go zip lining, it isn’t really my thing). Depending on your tastes, activities I recommend on Oahu include visits to Haleiwa on the North Shore, Pearl Harbor, Waimea Valley, and Kualoa Ranch. There are official excursions from the resort featuring these activities, although my family usually rents a car and plans our own visits to these locations.

    What trip to Hawaii is complete without a luau? KA WA’A Luau is located right at Aulani. The luau is an unforgettable journey into Hawaiian culture, music, and food. Guests are treated to pre-show entertainment such as flower arranging and taro pounding, and a three-course plated dinner featuring fresh local fish and produce. Enjoy your meal along with the traditional luau culture performances, including the popular fire dance. Alternately, you’ll find the Paradise Cove Luau just a short walk from the resort if you’d like a second luau option.

    I hope this gives you some ideas to begin your trip planning, Dee. I also recommend you request and download Aulani's free planning brochure for even more helpful information. I hope you’ll continue to submit questions as your vacation approaches, we are here to help!

    Mahalo!
    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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