Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, is part of the Ko Olina Resort Community & Marina, which is located on the western shore of O`ahu about 17 miles from the Honolulu International Airport in Hawai`i. Aulani rests on 21 acres of beachfront property in the Ko Olina Resort & Marina development.

Aloha. You’ve arrived at a magical place-a first-of-its-kind Disney creation, inspired by shared family stories. Here you can celebrate the elegance and history of the Hawaiian culture, and embrace a whole new world of possibilities. In the Ko Olina area on the leeward side of Oahu, the Resort is perfectly placed—close to Hawaiian favorites but just far enough away to be an enchanting escape. The soaring architecture of the lobby offers stunning mountain and ocean views, while throughout the Resort you’ll discover luxurious details and flawless Disney magic in harmony with the natural world.

KA WA‘A, a Lu‘au at Aulani Resort:

Aloha ‘Auinala! As the sun dips into the ocean to end the day, a conch shell is blown in the distance and a Hawaiian oli chant begins. This is the tradition of welcoming our Guests to KA WA‘A, a Lu‘au at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa which Guests will soon be able to experience once again! reservations are now available for KA WA‘A Lu‘au which will reopen on March 27, 2021. 

Set under the stars on the beautiful Halawai Lawn, KA WA‘A immerses you in the live music, traditional dance, and ancient stories of Hawai‘i through Disney’s signature entertainment.  Prior to the show, Guests are encouraged to participate in family activities that are now enjoyed from the comfort of their own table. The activity demonstrations include flower arranging and poi pounding, a process in which Taro root is ground to create poi -- a food that is a staple of the ancient Hawaiian diet.  
The lu‘au features a three-course plated meal that includes mouth-watering island favorites such as ahi poke and lomilomi salmon salad, imu-style braised pork, island fish, teriyaki chicken, local seasonal vegetables, and a dessert trio. To accompany the meal, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are included in the event price.  
After dinner, Guests are treated to an enchanting journey through Hawaiian history and discover its deep cultural roots in canoe (wa‘a) exploration, which brought the first explorers to the shores of Ko Olina. Throughout the evening, lively music and traditional Hawaiian dance vividly bring the show’s story to life. 
The lu‘au is offered three nights per week, weather permitting. Reservations can be made online, or by calling (844) 284-7644.  


Honolulu, HI, USA - Honolulu International (HNL) : 30 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 2011
Last Renovation: 2012
Accessible rooms: 1
Floors: 15
Total rooms: 359


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Hotel Advisories

Advisory Hotel is smoke-free. There are designated outdoor smoking locations available.
Advisory A minimum parking fee of $37.00 per room, per day, per vehicle will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. The fee is subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees they may be responsible for but not a guarantee of the final amount due.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Minimum Check-In Age: 21
General Policies:

Walt Disney World reservations must be booked with the correct guest names. A complete name change to the lead name is considered a cancellation and will require a new reservation.
A major credit card is required upon check-in to cover phone or incidental charges.

Convention attendees cannot book this property for their convention stay, they must book through the proper convention source.  Convention attendees that violate this policy will be responsible for paying any higher rates and may not be eligible for any promotional offerings.

Room taxes are included in vacation price.

Room requests are not guaranteed and are based upon availability upon check-in.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5 7120 reviews
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Crowded and Filthy with Horrible Staff

    This place is a circus with incredibly rude pool staff. We booked a villa for 5 nights and paid over $1,200 a night. They make you wear wristbands just to go in the pool. On our third day there, I took my autistic 4-year-old to the pool, but we left our wristbands upstairs. The pool staff kept harassing us to go get our bands. I explained to them that I had an autistic boy, and there was nobody to help me with him. They didn't care and made us get out of the pool, at which point my autistic son had a tantrum. If that isn't enough, Aulani is a chaotic jungle. It's crowded, filthy, and way too noisy to have any peace of mind. Disney once epitomized family-friendly hospitality but has significantly declined, as evidenced by their falling stock prices. It is disgraceful how they harassed a family already coping with the challenges of raising an autistic child. They show no empathy whatsoever. Avoid this place at all costs. You would receive far better treatment and respect at a Motel 6.

    Jun 06, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Had a blast!

    Let’s start off by saying we are DVC members and love Disney. Not everyone is a Disney fan but this resort for us was wonderful. We had a 2 bedroom unit and it was great for us and our two university age daughters. They loved having their own room, bathroom and balcony. We enjoyed cooking a few meals together and the ease of doing laundry when we needed during our week long stay.the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The only problem we had was our door would not open with the Aulani app. We had to carry a physical key with us throughout the visit. My husband did buy a magic band and it would open the room door but the phones never synced even after staff tried to fix the issue. No biggie for us. I didn’t feel as if the resort was overrun with kids and that’s probably because we chose to go before many schools let out for the summer. The pool areas are nice. It would be an added benefit to have an adult only pool area as many kids still frequent all the pools. We enjoyed the beach in front of Aulani and meals on the property. The Mickey shaved ice was a hit with all of us during our stay. It did rain most every day we were there in May but we still had a great time. We enjoyed many of the activities on property such as the hula lessons, cultural walk, art tour and the story telling around the fire.

    Jun 04, 2024
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Aloha is Lost

    This is not our first trip to Aulani but may be our last. Our arrival on our first trip was the absolute definition of aloha - smiles, leis, tokens for kids, and ice water. Bags grabbed from car without hesitation. Our trip prior to this one was very disappointing with all of the "magic" taken away - but it was 2021 so excuses were made. But I was hesitant to come back. Unfortunately it is my special needs kid's favorite place in the world so I was open to giving it another shot. (Besides we are Disney nuts so we want it to have been just a bad blip.) On arrival: Not one person at arrival offered to help with our numerous huge bags. No one greeted us with lei, water or even an Aloha. They expect you to do their job and use a phone key that does not work. I cannot believe that I am subjecting myself to days of fighting for a chair when there is no longer any sense of welcome. Should have just stayed in Waikiki.

    May 30, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Way overpriced for what is there

    Good hotel but the food, spa and other activities are ridiculously overpriced. Not worth the price for what’s there. I wont be back to stay there. A breakfast sandwich costs $17. Nasty coffee is $6-10 a cup depending. Small cheese pizza is $20. Be ready!

    May 29, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great stay in non-DVC hotel room

    We had a wonderful stay at Aulani. The beds were comfortable and we had a fantastic view (garden view hotel room on top floor). All cast members we encountered were very sweet. Loved the swan and anniversary card that greeted us in the room. We enjoyed Off the Hook and Ulu Cafe. The character breakfast was delicious and fun! Also appreciated the restaurants and shops across the street. We found the lower veranda casabellas by Ama Ama quiet, relaxing with a wonderful view. We also had a great time at the Animation class.

    May 27, 2024
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