Aulani – May 30, 2014 – Day 4!!

We started our day off like almost all days at Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa.  We ate breakfast in our room and then made our way down to the pool area.  We had booked the Paradise Cove Luau for that evening.  So, we knew we wanted to take it a little slower during the day so that we were not too tired for the luau that evening.

After we had swam and ate lunch, I had promised Taylor we would go back to the pool area so she could get an Hawaiian Shaved Ice.  This was definitely her favorite treat while we were there.

Taylor with her shaved ice.

Taylor with her shaved ice.

While we were enjoying our shaved ice, the “Shake-A-Shaka Pool Party” was going on.  We had missed the beginning of it, so I took note to find out when they would be doing this again. They only do this on certain days of the week.  Taylor and I watched a little of the show.

Shake-A-Shaka Pool Party

Shake-A-Shaka Pool Party

After the party was over, we started to head back to our room.  But, before we did that, Taylor and I decided we wanted to see what the view was like from the top floor of the Waianae Tower.  Our room was on the 7th floor, so the view was a little different.  

16th Floor view from Waianae Tower at Aulani of Waikolohe Valley.

16th Floor view from Waianae Tower at Aulani of Waikolohe Valley.

16th Floor view from Waianae Tower at Aulani. Top of the Pu‘u Kilo, where the two slides are located.

16th Floor view from Waianae Tower at Aulani. Top of the Pu‘u Kilo, where the two slides are located.

16th Floor view from Waianae Tower at Aulani. Ocean view.

16th Floor view from Waianae Tower at Aulani. Ocean view.

It wasn’t long before it was time to go to the Paradise Cove Luau.  There are a lot of different luaus all over Hawaii.  I did a lot of research on what type of luau we wanted to go to. I definitely wanted to go to a more traditional, on-the-beach Hawaiian luau.  Paradise Cove had really great reviews and the bonus of it is that it is in the Ko Olina Resort area and just down the street from Aulani.

On our way out of Aulani, we stopped to take a few photos.

Standing in front of Aulani.

Standing in front of Aulani.

There were two really nice men who were walking on the sidewalk that offered to take a family photo of us.

The four of us with the front Aulani sign.

The four of us with the front Aulani sign.

One more photo of Aulani from the street.

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The walk to Paradise Cove from Aulani is maybe a 10 minute walk…it’s a really easy walk on a sidewalk along the street.  There is also an inner-resort shuttle that you can make arrangements with if you chose to go that route.  It does take longer to get around because it does stop at the other resorts.

We got there before it opens…which is definitely the thing to do.  When you purchase your tickets, you decide then what section you want.  We chose the Orchid section. This is the mid-range level. But, when you get there, the seating is first-come, first-serve.  We were the first family in our section and got a pretty good table.  We were closer to the area where the buffet was, not far from the stage and we were not far from where all of the activities took place before dinner.

So, since we got there early, we had time to look around and take a few photos. Love this one of Zachary!

Oh no! Zachary being silly!

Oh no! Zachary being silly!

Once they open the gates, you are greeted with a drink…Mai Tai or non-alcoholic tropical punch.  You are also given a lei, they take a photo (you may purchase it later) and then they show you to your table.  After that, you can walk around and participate in any of the activities or demonstrations.

The kids on the beach at Paradise Cove.

The kids on the beach at Paradise Cove.

Throwing lessons.

Throwing lessons.

Playing.

Playing.

Paradise Cove.

Paradise Cove.

Beautiful view.

Beautiful view.

While we were walking around, we noticed these little animals running around closer to the bushes by the shoreline.  Not knowing what they were, we asked a man who worked there.  He told us how years and years ago, Hawaii had a huge insect problem.  To lower the insect population, they brought in rats.  The rats got out of control.  So, to lower the rat population, they brought in snakes.  The snakes got out of control.  So, to lower the snake population, they brought in mongoose and the mongoose have stayed…but there are not any snakes in Hawaii!  He did tell us not to get close to the mongoose, that they can be mean and their bites are poisonous.  So, I took a few photos of them and then we walked on.  I thought his story was interesting.  I knew there were not any snakes in Hawaii, but didn’t know the story as to why.

Mongoose!

Mongoose!

Before the show started, there were a few demonstrations.  They showed us the different ways to tie a sarong…on both men and women.  Then, we learned how to open a coconut.  Michael and Zachary were not with Taylor and myself.  So, I was a little surprised to see Zachary stand up and get the coconut after the guy had opened it.

Opening a coconut.

Opening a coconut.

Zachary was picked to try to the coconut water.

Zachary was picked to try to the coconut water.

He was so proud to be picked from the crowd to get the coconut.

He was so proud to be picked from the crowd to get the coconut.

The last demonstration they did was the Shower of Flowers.  It was pretty impressive. The guy climbed up the tallest coconut tree.  He was really quick too.  Once at the top, he reached into his bag and sprinkled flower petals on everyone below.

The Shower of Flowers.

The Shower of Flowers.

Then, it was time to go back to our seats and be dismissed for dinner.  Like I said, we had a great location for our table.  We were the first to be dismissed to head to the buffet.

Once everyone had started eating, the luau show started.

Paradise Cove Luau

Paradise Cove Luau

Paradise Cove Luau

Paradise Cove Luau

The fire dancers are always my favorite!

Paradise Cove Luau

Paradise Cove Luau

Paradise Cove Luau

Paradise Cove Luau

Towards the end of the show, the dancers came out into the audience and grabbed people to go up on stage with them.  Michael was one of those lucky ones!  The kids could not stop laughing.  It was quite entertaining 🙂

Michael was pulled onstage to learn to hula. It was very entertaining!

Michael was pulled onstage to learn to hula. It was very entertaining!

Michael was pulled onstage to learn to hula. It was very entertaining!

Michael was pulled onstage to learn to hula. It was very entertaining!

Fun video of the audience participation portion of the show!

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After the show was over, we walked back to Aulani.  The kids made the comment that they thought the walk back seemed shorter.  It was a beautiful evening and the weather was perfect!

Street view of Aulani at night.

Street view of Aulani at night.