Disney Aulani Resort Donates Fresh Food to Community

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Loading up all the donated fresh fruit onto the truck.  48 cases of fresh, whole Dole pineapples.

The bountiful fresh food normally enjoyed by Disney Aulani Resort guests won’t go to waste during Aulani’s temporary closure. That’s because it’s being used to feed the community through a donation made to Aloha Harvest, a food collection and redistribution organization located on Oahu.

Pineapple, sweet rolls, potatoes, cookies, and even ti leaves are being donated to Aloha Harvest this week.

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Aloha Harvest truck being filled with 7,000 lbs. of donated food.

Over the past week, Aulani Resort has donated approximately 7,000 pounds of perishable food to Aloha Harvest, which delivers it the same day to social service agencies across the island to help feed those in need.

“Donations like this are so important during times of uncertainty,” said Aloha Harvest Executive Director “Phil” Augustus Acosta. “This food helps ensure that people who are already faced with hunger continue to receive resources.”

The donation included fresh fruit and vegetables such as pineapples, watermelons, lemons, lettuce, onions, bread, milk products, as well as treats such as cupcakes, cookies and popcorn.

“Over the past nine years, Aulani Resort has contributed to the community in a number of ways. That’s why during these unprecedented times, this donation was the kindest and most heartwarming decision to make,” said Aulani Resort General Manager Kimberly Agas.

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April 7, 2020: We are uniting around the globe in a message of thanks and appreciation to celebrate the health heroes who are helping so many. 💙 As an expression of gratitude, our ohana shared a heartfelt “mahalo” message. https://bit.ly/2x70RcP

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We’ve been to the Hawaiian luau at Aulani and it’s fabulous!

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Roasted pig.  Delicious!!
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Meat carving station. Braised Pork Imu style.
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The luau is held outdoors every night on the grassy area by the beach.
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Hawaiian rice and veggies
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Fresh fruit
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Mitch and Caroline enjoying cocktail hour.
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Luau on the beach at sunset! 🙂

YOUR DISNEY AULANI LŪ‘AU ADVENTURE AWAITS

Join us for an unforgettable evening of family entertainment as only Disney can offer.

Make your way to the Hālāwai Lawn where VIP seating and pre-show activities begin at 5:30 PM. 

The festivities start with delightful pre-show activities. Then, get ready for approximately 3 hours of exhilarating song, dance, and storytelling as you enjoy a lavish Hawaiian feast.

Luau highlights include:

Pre-show activities, including traditional arts such as kapa printing, flower arranging, temporary kakau tattoos and paʻi ai taro pounding.

Lū‘au introduction and oli (chant) welcome.

Buffet dining, including a carving station with suckling pig and prime rib, fresh local seafood, and authentic island fare, plus family-friendly offerings, kids’ selections and a decadent dessert bar.

Lū‘au performance – an enchanting and breathtaking dance production that brings the legends and lore of ancient Hawai’i to life.

Which do you like better?  Beach or pool???

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The beach area at Aulani.
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The pool area with its lazy river is wonderful!

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March 2020 Update:  Disney’s Aulani Resort is Closed Indefinitely

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Disney’s Aulani Resort

March 27, 2020:  Disney has temporarily shuttered its Hawaiian Aulani Resort on Oahu island amid the global coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

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Aulani Resort is now closed “until further notice”.

Disney Aulani Resort, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, closed on Friday, March 27th. The shutdown will last indefinitely, “until further notice”.  Aulani was the last Disney resort in the world to close.

The decision to close was made out of “an abundance of caution and in the best interests” of its guests and staff, according to DIsney.

Hawaii is under a 14 day travel quarantine for all visitors to the islands.

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Disney’s Aulani Resort.  Our room was on the 7th floor.

Aulani has 351 hotel rooms, plus 481 Disney Vacation Club timeshare villas. The resort opened in August 2011 and was expanded in 2013.  Amenities include a Disney spa, fitness center, pools, waterslides and a kids’ clubhouse.

Reservations for guests who had booked hotel rooms from March 24 – 31st will automatically be canceled, according to the advisory. Change and cancellation fees will be waived through June 30th. Disney Vacation Club members with timeshare villa bookings will have their reservations automatically canceled. Points will be returned without the customary hold.

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At the character breakfast with Mickey.

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Visiting the Dole Plantation on Oahu

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom
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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Some more fun photos from Aulani:

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Aulani’s Mickey and Minnie in their Hawaiian costumes.
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Our new Hawaiian Minnie Ears. There were only 2 left in the store and we bought them both!
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I am Moana of Motunui. You will board my boat and restore the heart to Te Fiti. –  at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Oahu, Hawaii.
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Meeting Moana at Disney’s Aulani Resort.

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Rainbow Hawaiian Ice from the Rainbow’s End Cafe!  Yum!!! Mitch had 2!

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Caroline’s pretty Aloha hat.
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I got a bunch of new pins on this trip! You can pin trade at the check-in counter.
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Aloha!
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Christian’s pin from Aulani looks like The Rock in the Jungle Cruise!
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Only available at Aulani DVC.
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Stitch enjoying some Dole Whip too!
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Aloha!
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Minnie Aulani Ears
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Time for some shopping!
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Aulani Wishables.
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New Aulani Wishable. She’s adorable!!!
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New Aulani merchandise has been released. So cute!


Aulani spirit jersey, $70

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April 2020: Look at all the new Tiki merchandise!!! ❤
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yup.

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