Aulani – May 31, 2014 – Day 5!!

On our 5th day, the kids wanted to participate in a few of the classes in Aunty’s Beach House. You can look at the Daily ‘Iwa Guide to see what activities are going on throughout the resort.  We had noticed that both Stitch’s Space Goo and Eruption Disruption were happening during the day.  These are two really popular activities in Aunty’s Beach House and the space is limited.  With these activities, you can sign up for them the day they take place.  Since they are popular, we were told to be at Aunty’s Beach House by 7:30 a.m.  It opens at 8 a.m.  So, Michael went to Aunty’s Beach House.  When he arrived, there were already a few parents waiting. He was able to get in and sign both kids up for these activities.  Whew!

Before the first activity started, the kids wanted to go to the pool for a bit.  We spent a little time at the pool and then took the kids back to the room so they could clean up for their first class, Stitch’s Space Goo.

My collection of Aulani pool bands.  You get a new one each day.

My collection of Aulani pool bands. You get a new one each day.

We went to Aunty’s Beach House to get them checked in.  Every time a child goes to Aunty’s Beach House…whether for free time or for a scheduled activity, they have to be checked in at the front desk and are given a tracking bracelet to wear during their stay at Aunty’s Beach House.

Taylor checking in at Aunty's Beach House.

Taylor checking in at Aunty’s Beach House.

One of the great things about Aunty’s Beach House is that there are Disney PhotoPass Photographers that are there from time to time…especially for the activities.  So, you can still get pictures of your children, even if you are not there!

Stitch surprising the class!

Stitch surprising the class! photo pass photo

Taylor with her space goo. photo pass photo

Taylor with her space goo. photo pass photo

While the kids were at Aunty’s Beach House, Michael and I decided to walk down the beach and explore more of the Ko’Olina area.

Us at the beach.

Us at the beach.

We walked to the area just beyond the beach and found a great spot to get a photo of the resort.

View of Aulani.

View of Aulani.

If you look in the photo above, you can see a bride and groom on the beach taking photos.  They had just been married in the wedding chapel that is next to Aulani.  It is the smaller building with the green roof.  The tents and trucks on the beach were there to set up for their wedding reception.  Aulani would be a wonderful place to have a wedding!

Wedding photos on the beach by Aulani.

Wedding photos on the beach by Aulani.

Wedding chapel located next to Disney's Aulani Resort & Spa.

Wedding chapel located next to Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa.

Michael and I continued to walk all the way down the beach path.  We went past several other resorts.  We then turned around and headed back.  Once we got to Aulani, we stopped at Off the Hook for a drink.  Then, we went and picked up the kids from Aunty’s Beach House.

We decided to walk across the street from Aulani to the Ko’Olina Station to look at the stores.

Across from Aulani at the Ko'Olina Station.

Across from Aulani at the Ko’Olina Station.

After we were finished shopping, it was getting close to dinner time.  We went to the Ulu Cafe at Aulani for a quick dinner with Ed and Susie.

View from table at the Ulu Cafe.

View from table at the Ulu Cafe.

After dinner, it was time to take the kids back to Aunty’s Beach House for the Eruption Disruption class.  I walked the kids over to Aunty’s Beach House, while Michael and his parents stayed at our table.  On our way, we came across another wedding party taking photos by the pool at Aulani. I bet their photos turned out beautifully!

Wedding photos on Aulani property.

Wedding photos on Aulani property.

The kids went back to Aunty’s Beach House and had a fun time in the Eruption Disruption class!

Taylor making a goofy face in Aunty's Beach House during the Eruption Disruption class.

Taylor making a goofy face in Aunty’s Beach House during the Eruption Disruption class. photo pass photo

Zachary making a goofy face in Aunty's Beach House during the Eruption Disruption class.

Zachary making a goofy face in Aunty’s Beach House during the Eruption Disruption class. photo pass photo

Eruption Disruption class.

Eruption Disruption class.  The kids participated in smaller groups when it came time to make the volcano erupt. photo pass photo

While they were in this class, Michael and I decided to walk the other way down the beach to try to get a good view of the sunset.  The paved path ends once you are past the J.W. Marriott resort, but there is another path you can take to get down onto the beach.  It’s a little overgrown, but it was really pretty once you are on the beach

Hawaiian Sunset.

Hawaiian Sunset.

Water coming in around the rocks on the beach at sunset.

Water coming in around the rocks on the beach at sunset.

We walked back to Aulani and checked the kids out of Aunty’s Beach House.  They had a fun time during the activity!

I took a few photos of the pool area at night.

Aulani at night.

Aulani at night.

Aulani lazy river cave at night.

Aulani lazy river cave at night.

Aulani pool at night.

Aulani pool at night.

We walked back to our room through the lobby.  The ceiling in the lobby area is so neat….especially at night.

Aulani hall at night.

Aulani hall at night.

We stepped out onto the lanai on the lobby to listen to the music for a few minutes.

These guys perform outside at the Oleo Room, but you can listen to them from the lobby lanai too.

These guys perform outside at the Oleo Room, but you can listen to them from the lobby lanai too.

We went back to our room and soon discovered that the wedding party we had seen earlier that evening was having their wedding reception by the pool area by our room. We opened our doors and listened to the music for a while.  Looks like they were having a wonderful time!

Wedding reception at Aulani.

Wedding reception at Aulani.