If interested, please check out our family’s trip report to Aulani: https://dawnsdorkydiary.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/aloha-gosdin-ohana-aulani-trip-review/
One Paddle, Two Paddle
Dine on freshly made sandwiches, tasty wraps and house-made desserts. A keiki (children’s) menu is also available.
The Lava Shack
Get a quick snack or try one of our grab and go wraps or take-away salads. The Lava Shack features a refillable mug station and soft-serve frozen yogurt.
Has a few grab & go selections: salads, I think sushi, sandwiches etc & your refillable mug station.
Mama’s Snack Stop
Mama’s Snack Stop serves up poolside snacks like mouth-watering hot dogs, chicken tenders and more. Enjoy your choice of bread, sauce and meat—including all-beef hot dogs, local red dogs, Portuguese sausage dogs and Buffalo-ranch fried chicken tender dogs. Located next to Papalua Shave Ice in the Waikolohe Valley, this is a convenient place to enjoy a quick bite to eat.
Satisfy your appetite with grab-and-go selections at Little ‘Opihi’s, located at the beach beside Makiki Joe’s. Menu options include sandwiches, salads, a California roll, ice cream and fresh fruit. A keiki (children’s) menu is also available.
Papalua Shave Ice
Cool off poolside with fruity and refreshing shave ice. Choose from a variety of tropical flavors
ʻAMAʻAMA – Contemporary Island Cooking
Dine on Hawaiian favorites beside the sparkling Pacific Ocean at our signature dining restaurant.
Makahiki – The Bounty of the Islands
Feast on a buffet of fresh, flavorful foods including tastes from around the world in this open-air restaurant.
The ‘Ōlelo Room
Enjoy a cocktail, traditional appetizer or a continental breakfast at this interactive lounge.
Off The Hook
Relax in our airy beachside lounge that serves a variety of favorite tropical drinks and Hawaiian-inspired fare.
Quick Service Dining
Choose from salads, sandwiches, plate lunches, shave ice, yogurt and more.
Disney Character Breakfast
Meet some cherished Disney Characters as you enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet at “Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at the Makahiki”. We ate our continental breakfast every day in the Olelo Room with a special package we pre-purchased. It’s a small area & gets crowded quickly, they also have a small outside dining area, but it’s usually filled with Character meetings, which happened quite regularly, you have plenty of photo ops & also Disney’s PhotoPass photographers are stationed all over.
I recommend eating & shopping at the restaurants & ABC Island Country Market across the street within walking distance from Aulani in the Ko’Olina Shopping center. They also offer a free neighborhood shuttle. We enjoyed many lunches at Just Tacos Grill & Cantina, Two Scoops Ice Cream Parlor & Ko’Olina Hawaiian Barbecue, also a full service deli at the ABC Country Island Market. We bought souvenirs, ate & shopped for our alcoholic beverages or Abracadabra as I like to call them. Fantastic prices compared to the resort. TIP#2 I highly suggest shopping at this market before checking in the resort, especially if you’re staying in a DVC room, they offer makeup, floats, suntan lotion, medicine, clothes, hats, etc. We ate our first Pineapple Cheeseburger called The Ko’Olina Burger while there.
I would suggest buying them from a small area up the street named Kapolei and there you have a choice of Safeway, Costco & many eateries such as Kentucky Fried Chicken, Panda Express, Baskin Robbins Ice cream, etc. It’s only a few short miles from Ko’Olina… Also along the way towards Aulani you will pass a Wal-Mart –(easy to miss) just off Kunia Rd, 1/4 mile north of H-1 it’s address is in Waipahu also one located in Pearl City by a home depot.
World-Famous Disney Service
Disney is known the world over for its first-rate dedication to impeccable service and for providing the ultimate level of personal attention during your stay. Be assured that the needs of you and your family are anticipated at every step. Enjoy your time together and let Disney take care of the details! At Aulani, Hawaiian traditions blend with magical Disney storytelling to create world-class entertainment for the entire ʻohana. Most entertainment is complimentary for registered Aulani Guests.
- Starlit Hui
This evening celebration blends traditional Polynesian and modern entertainment, including hula performers, cherished Disney Characters and delightful surprises.
- Menehune Adventure Trail
This high-tech scavenger hunt leads you through Aulani as you solve riddles, search for hidden statues and discover surprises left by the Menehune—mischievous little people with magical powers. Interactive elements— with special effects involving fire, water, light and animation—offer fun for all ages. Follow a trail on the Resort grounds or enjoy a special indoor adventure.
- Fireside Moʻolelo
Gather ’round a traditional Hawaiian fire pit for a night of enchanting tales told by a master storyteller. Puppetry, props and magical effects add to the fun.
- ‘Ohana Disney Movie Nights
Take a seat on the lawn and watch classic and contemporary family friendly Disney movies shown outside under the stars. For extra amusement, come early and enjoy pre-movie games, activities and trivia competitions.
- Disney Characters
Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip ‘n’ Dale and other favorites are here to vacation with you! Meet Disney Characters at Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at the Makahiki, a festive pool party and other special locations.
- Aulani Now Offering Four Nights for the Price of Three (chipandco.com)
- Least Crowded times to visit Walt Disney World & Disneyland (dawnsdorkydiary.wordpress.com)