Do you like free stuff? I do!
However, even in paradise, not everything is free. Is Aulani resort all inclusive? It is not.
Before you book your vacation package, you’ll want to know what is included in your stay. Staying at Aulani isn’t cheap, but there are a lot of complimentary activities and amenities for everyone!
For any activities and entertainment listed below, grab a copy of the Daily ‘Iwa from the lobby to see what’s scheduled for the day. You can also check the Daily ‘Iwa online.
Now on to what’s included:
Access to Pools
Guests of all ages will find something to splash in at Aulani’s pools, from splash zones for toddlers to pools reserved for 18 and older.
The pools are heated all year-round, but there were times where it didn’t feel warm to me anymore. The pools are heated in the 80-ish degrees, but I swear on our recent visit it felt like they turned the heaters off or something in the late afternoon. Even my kids didn’t want to go back in the pool.
Each day of your trip, you will need a wristband to use the pools and borrow towels. Just present your room key card at the towel hut called Kawele Korner with each person in your party present.
Guests like to “collect” the different colored wristbands by leaving the expired ones on their wrists for their whole trip. It’s the trendy thing to do at Aulani! Some kids even refuse to have them cut off when their vacation ends.
Now on to the list of pools:
KA MAKA GROTTO
This infinity edge pool overlooks the Kohola Lagoon (aka Lagoon 1) and has a cool grotto. At night, Ka Maka Grotto twinkles with glittering lights.
There is an “easter egg” in this pool. I won’t spoil it though! You’ll just have to “listen” for it. (Did I just give a hint?)
KEIKI COVE SPLASH ZONE
This area is great for kids 5 and under as well as older. The water is ankle high with water jets. Menehune (mischievous dwarves) also hide here!
This is a fun one for kids! There’s a lot for them to interact with. They can climb the bridge and slide through 2 slides. Have your kids spot the menehune around this area!
Waikolohe means “mischievous water”. This pool is Aulani’s largest at 8,200 square feet. There is a zero-entry which is great area for toddlers to play in. Go through the Volcanic Vertical slide and you end up in the deep end of this pool (about 4 feet). This pool is also where the Mickey and friends hold their Shake-A-Shaka Pool Party.
Grab a single-person inner tube or for 2 people or no tube at all and float away on this lazy river. There are lots of surprises along the way. Pay attention to the lush scenery. How many menehune can you find?
Tubestone Curl, the other water tunnel, launches you into this stream. This tunnel seems to be a favorite with guests. There’s always a line!
There are 5 of them, 2 of which are for guests 18 and older. I often see kids simmering in the whirlpool near Waikolohe Pool when they get cold, so it’s probably not ideal for adults to hang out in unless you don’t mind them.
This pool is for guests 18 and older because just steps away is Wailana Pool Bar. It’s more private and away from the more busier pools. This pool features a rock wall with water features.
SHAKE-A-SHAKA POOL PARTY
As I mentioned earlier, Waikolohe Pool is where Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy throw a pool party! The party is filled with singing, dancing and water games.
Crafts and Culture
MAKA’IKA’I, THE ART AND CULTURE OF AULANI RESORT
All throughout the resort, even in your room, are crafted Hawaiian artwork and architecture. In this guided walking tour, you’ll learn how the Imagineers worked with the community of Hawaii to create these stunning features all over the resort.
MAKA’IKA’I, THE NATURE AND WILDLIFE OF AULANI RESORT
Also a guided walking tour, explore the lush landscaping and wildlife surrounding the resort, influenced by the beauty of Hawaii.
MO’OLELO FIRE PIT STORYTELLING
Gather your family around the glowing fire pit under the stars and listen to Uncle tell stories of magical tales.
PAU HANA ROOM – COMMUNITY HALL
This community room is where you can spend family time playing board games, arts & crafts, read books, and more.
For special activities meeting in this room such as, t-shirt stamping, painting parties and more. These activities usually cost extra to cover supplies.
This room is where you can borrow a special tablet to do the Menehune Adventure Trail, which I’ll talk about soon.
The Pau Hana Room is great to hang out at on rainy days when it’s too cold to go into the pools.
Learn how to play the ukulele! This activity is popular so sign up quickly if you’re interested.
Here’s a list of characters that you can meet at Aulani:
- Mickey Mouse
- Minnie Mouse
- Donald Duck
- Daisy Duck
- Chip ‘n Dale
- Shellie May
Some character experiences such as character dining require reservations. There are also premium character experiences for a fee.
For Disney Vacation Club members, there are exclusive meet and greets for you held in the Luana Lounge.
Live performances from Hawaii’s reknowned musicians are complimentary. Grab a seat, a drink, and listen to some island classics from popular bands and musicians such as Kapena and the Makaha Sons.
MENEHUNE ADVENTURE TRAIL
As I mentioned earlier, the Pau Hana Room is where you can borrow a special tablet to participate in the Menehune Adventure Trail. This tablet plays interactive videos where Aunty gives you clues and sends you on missions to interact with certain sceneries around the resort to make them come to life! It’s pretty fun for kids.
There are 2 trails. One is outdoor and takes a while to go through. It has honestly made me tired and my feet sore from following the kids around. (Doesn’t help that I was wearing slippers). Since this one is long, it’ll alert you after some time to return the tablet back to the Pau Hana Room so other people can get a chance to play. (Not sure how many total tablets they lend out).
The other one sends you to explore inside the resort, mostly the lobby, and takes about 20 minutes or so to complete. The indoor trail is great for rainy days.
OHANA DISNEY MOVIE NIGHTS
On certain nights as long as it’s not raining, Aulani plays a movie on the Halawai Lawn. Grab a lauhala mat and participate in pre-show activities such as interactive Hawaiian games, Disney movie trivias, and viewing photos of resort activities taken earlier that day on the big screen. Arrive early for the best seats!
Child Care Services
AUNTY’S BEACH HOUSE
This supervised “kids club” is for guests ages 3 to 12. Aunty’s Beach House is filled with tons of fun things for kids to do! Kids can dress up in costumes, play on structures in an enclosed and secure backyard, play on an interactive game table, and more. They might even be visited by some Disney characters! Each day has its own themed activity.
Parents, you can drop off your kids with Aunty and the Disney Youth Counselors while you unwind in the pools, get a massage at Laniwai, or go on a dinner date.
Pre-registration is required and recommended to participate.
If you frequent Disney theme parks, you may be familiar with this service. Photo memories of your vacation can be captured by a Disney PhotoPass Photographer and saved on a PhotoPass card. You can view your photos on the tv in your room or go to Kalepa’s Store to view and make photo purchases. You can also view your photos online.
Last, but Not Least, the Beach!
AULANI RESORT BEACH AT KO OLINA LAGOON
Ko Olina resort is home to 4 man-made lagoons. If you get tired of chlorine, Kohola Lagoon is just steps away. The lagoon is mostly enclosed, making the water calm. This lagoon is also shared with Four Seasons Resort.
Check out Makiki Joe’s for complimentary beach equipment such as life vests, boogie boards, and sand toys.
Unlike the chairs by the pools which get snatched up quickly, there are a lot of chairs on the beach that don’t fill up as much.
Conclusion of the Inclusions
So this is all that is included in your stay! Does it make you want to book a vacation package to Aulani? If so, which complimentary activities and/or amenities are you excited for?
Feel free to leave any comments or questions! I am also open to suggestions on any topic(s) you would like to know more about. Just let me know!