Tropical Reef Snorkeling Right Outside Your Door at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Families flock to Hawaii for sun, sand and an abundance of outdoor activities — among them snorkeling, a must-do on a Hawaii vacation with kids. Tropical fish and green sea turtles lure parents and children alike into the islands’ blue-green waters for a closer look. At Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Oahu, you don’t have…

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa Celebrates 5 Years of Hawaiian Magic

When Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa opened in 2011 in Oahu’s manicured Ko Olina community, exuberant Disney fans embraced the resort’s authentic Hawaiian theme with touches of the brand’s magic woven throughout. As Aulani celebrates its fifth anniversary, the resort has matured in classic Disney style, making changes based on guest experience and feedback while continuing to…

Laniwai Spa Massage Table Aulani Resort Hawaii

Lomilomi Heaven at Aulani Resort

Lomilomi means “to massage” in Hawaiian and I’ve most often seen it used with food – lomilimi salmon, lomilomi pork — but my lomilomi heaven has nothing to do with food. My nirvana came at the Laniwai Spa at Aulani, Disney’s new resort on Oahu.

When it comes to massages, I’m a meat and potatoes girl. I don’t like unusual treatments and hot stones are about as wild as I get. However, the traditional Hawaiian lomilomi massage description sounded interesting and I was on such a Hawaiian culture kick that it seemed like a perfect way to continue my “cultural education”.

Menehune Statues at Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii

Aulani: The Place That Speaks with Deep Messages

The first thought that came to mind when I heard that Disney was building a resort on Oahu was that it would be another Disneyland in Hawaii.

It’s not.

Disney didn’t just build a hotel, put in a Luau and call it a Hawaiian resort. They integrated Hawaiian culture with Disney quality and service in every aspect of the resort.

Hawaiian Fire Surf Lessons Dry Land Instruction

Surfs Up at Disney’s New Aulani Resort in Hawaii

I’m at the new Aulani resort on Oahu this week with travel writers from around the country checking out Disney’s latest family vacation hotspot.

Stay tuned for a full report on the blog … In the meantime, I’ll share a few photo-friendly moments from our surf lesson with Hawaiian Fire, a local Honolulu-based surf school run by area firefighters for Photo Friday.