Aulani – May 29, 2014! Day 3!!

It was a beautiful day!  Although, I think everyday in Hawaii is a beautiful day!

After a quick breakfast in our room, we got ready for the pool.  We spent most of our morning playing and hanging out in the Waikolohe Valley…the pool area of Aulani.  

The four of us in the pool. PhotoPass Photo

The four of us in the pool. PhotoPass Photo

After we swam and went down the slides a few times, Michael and Zachary wanted to go back to the Rainbow Reef.  Taylor decided she didn’t want to.  So, we watched them through the viewing area.  One of the cast members who was in the Rainbow Reef was blowing really cool circles under the water.  We made sure to get a photo with him by one of the PhotoPass Photographers.

Cast Member blowing circles under the water.

Cast Member blowing circles under the water.

While we were doing that, Michael and Zachary were having fun in the Rainbow Reef.  There was a photographer in the pool that took quite a few photos of them.

Shaka! Shaka! In the Rainbow Reef. PhotoPass Photo

Shaka! Shaka! In the Rainbow Reef. PhotoPass Photo

Hang loose in the Rainbow Reef. PhotoPass Photo

Hang loose in the Rainbow Reef. PhotoPass Photo

After the Rainbow Reef, I went back up to the room to grab my camera to take a few photos of them playing. When I made it back to the pool area, I found them swimming in the Ka Maka Grotto Infinity Pool.  This is a really cool pool.  If you go underwater, you can hear whales and dolphins.

Ka Maka Grotto Infinity Pool

Ka Maka Grotto Infinity Pool

The Grotto area is so pretty too.

Ka Maka Grotto Infinity Pool

Ka Maka Grotto Infinity Pool

Ka Maka Grotto Infinity Pool

Ka Maka Grotto Infinity Pool

I decided to walk down towards the beach area and explore a little.  But, before I did that, I needed on picture of them looking at me from up in the pool.

Peeking over the edge of Ka Maka Grotto.

Peeking over the edge of Ka Maka Grotto.

At the beach area, Aulani does have a quick-service stand.  This makes it easy for people who are playing on the beach to grab a quick bite.

Little Opihis beachside.

Little Opihis beachside.

I walked down the sidewalk through the J.W. Marriott Resort area until the paved sidewalk ended.  Then, I turned around and walked back to Aulani.

View of Aulani from the beach

View of Aulani from the beach

View of Ka Maka Grotto from Beach

View of Ka Maka Grotto from Beach

Once I got back, I entered in through the private cabana area.  I wanted to check that area out.  You do have to pay extra to reserve and use these cabanas.

Private Cabana Area

Private Cabana Area

I stopped for a quick cup of water.  At Aulani, they have water dispensers in different locations all over the pool area and a few inside the resort as well.

Water stations located around the pool area

Water stations located around the pool area

After swimming and exploring, it was getting close to time to get cleaned up for our dinner reservation.  We had reservations at the Makahiki Restaurant, located at Aulani.  This is a buffet-style restaurant with a fairly large selection of foods to chose from.  It was really good.

Makahiki Restaurant

Makahiki Restaurant

Like any other Disney establishment, the details around the restaurant were well-done!  My favorite was the light fixture that ran down the center of the main dining area.

Makahiki Restaurant Lights

Makahiki Restaurant Lights

After being seated, we went to the buffet to fix our plates.

Makahiki Restaurant - Table

Makahiki Restaurant – Table

Makahiki Restaurant Buffet - Kids

Makahiki Restaurant Buffet – Kids

Makahiki Restaurant Buffet - Fruit

Makahiki Restaurant Buffet – Fruit

Makahiki Restaurant Buffet - Desserts

Makahiki Restaurant Buffet – Desserts

Makahiki Restaurant Buffet

Makahiki Restaurant Buffet

I had to order one of my favorite Hawaiian drinks.  A Plantation Iced Tea.  It is iced tea mixed with pineapple juice.  It was really good.

Plantation Iced Tea

Plantation Iced Tea

After a very filling dinner, we decided to go to the Hālāwai Lawn to watch the Starlit Hui.  This is Disney’s version of a luau without the food.  The entertainment at the Starlit Hui was really good.  When you arrive, you are given a grass mat to sit on and then, there are pre-show crafts and entertainment. 

At the entrance to the Startlit Hui

At the entrance to the Startlit Hui

Zachary and I decided to check out the pre-show crafts. We found Aunty and Uncle teaching everyone how to make leis from leaves.

Uncle teaching everyone how to make leis

Uncle teaching everyone how to make leis

Zachary making a lei

Zachary making a lei

Zachary and I with our new leis

Zachary and I with our new leis

While we were waiting for the show to start, one of the hula girls came over and introduced herself and started chatting with us.  She was really sweet.

The kids with one of the hula girls

The kids with one of the hula girls

It wasn’t long before the show started and we were learning all about Hawaiian culture, music and dance.  It was another great Disney show.  I am never disappointed with any of the shows that I see at any of the Disney properties. They are all well done!

Starlit Hui performers

Starlit Hui performers

Starlit Hui performer

Starlit Hui performer

Starlit Hui performers

Starlit Hui performers

At the end of the show, the Disney characters made an appearance!

Starlit Hui performers and characters

Starlit Hui performers and characters

Mickey!!

Mickey!!

They danced to a few songs and then the evening ended with a big character dance party!

Here is a video from the Starlit Hui of the Ukulele players.  They were so good. I wish I had recorded more of them, but I was so busy watching and enjoying their performance that I didn’t think about recording them until they were almost done.  They were so good!

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