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.
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.
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.
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.
The Grotto area is so pretty too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After being seated, we went to the buffet to fix our plates.
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.
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.
Zachary and I decided to check out the pre-show crafts. We found Aunty and Uncle teaching everyone how to make leis from leaves.
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.
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!
At the end of the show, the Disney characters made an appearance!
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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