Pin for Later – Disney Aulani Review – Why We Love It! + 15 Money Saving Tips

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  1. Disney + Hawaii??? Umm yes please !!! I love Disney so much and my husband and I have actually never been to Hawaii! This resort looks stunning. When we have kids I want to vacation at locations like this with the kids club . I’m sure mommy and daddy need a break haha. Brilliant ! Great post , your pics are amazing. I love hearing of new resorts and honest review so this is great!
    Danielle | AccordingtoD.com

    • Thank you SO much… yes you must go someday when you have a family. I’m truly in love with it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • What cuties… I love that they have matching swim suits. Now if only we were ever in the same place at the same time so they could meet each other ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. We haven’t been to Hawaii yet, but when we do make it that way, I’d love to stay here! I’ve always loved the Disney brand, and I’ve heard amazing things about Aulani. ๐Ÿ˜€ Pinning!

    • Thanks so much for the love. YES, this resort really lives up to its hype. Its in a great location, service is amazing and there are a ton of included activities. I hope Disney builds more in other destinations. I’ve heard they are looking in the Philippines ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I want to visit so bad!! we are taking my little one to Disney for her first birthday in June and I cannot wait- we LOVE the mouse! Add a beautiful Hawaiian beach and you can’t ask for much more! Thanks for the guide!

  4. Aulani truly is one of the best! We also love Animal Kingdom Lodge- giraffe’s right outside my balcony- yes please!! Beach Club has an amazing pool and we love being able to walk to Epcot and Hollywood Studios and in CA we love the Grand Californian. You guys would have a blast!!!

  5. What a wonderful review!
    I was on the fence about stopping in Honolulu this summer but after this glorious review I’m cooked! Ibookmarked this to show to my son who is a HUGE DIZ fan. Thanks so much

  6. Wow. This looks like an amazing place. I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii, and this looks like a way to do it so that the whole family can enjoy it. I love all your pictures, and your reviews are so helpful.

    • There really is NO better way to enjoy the islands with kids. The only one that even comes close is Grand Wailea in Maui. But, its more cost effective for us to stay in the villas and eat in at Aulani ๐Ÿ˜‰ You’ll have to try it out and let me know what you think.

  7. You had me at Disney in Hawaii, haha! I was in Hawaii 3 years ago and love it so much, your beautiful pictures are making me miss Hawaii now ๐Ÿ˜‰ Looks like the Aulani is a wonderful place to be especially when you go with kids, I am bookmarking this page for when I have kids of my own and want to take them to Disney ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks like you guys had loads of fun!
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  8. We have not yet been to Aulani but it is at the very top of our list for our next Hawaiian adventure, so I love this post so much! Pinning it to save for when we get serious about planning our trip. Love the villas, but really: everything about this resort looks perfect for a family vacation! Gorgeous photos, as always!

    • So, happy you liked it. Aulani truly is one of our favorites ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks so much for pinning & stopping by again!!! I always love following along on your trips and drooling over all your amazing food pics too!

    • That is exactly it… Disney makes it super EASY so that you can still travel and enjoy yourself with kids. Super helpful especially when you have a toddler ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. I’ve heard of Aulani before but I’ve never known anyone who visited there. Looks like a great vacation to take with kids. I hope to make it to Hawaii some day. Everyone who goes there has such beautiful pictures.

    • I hope you get the chance too. It is insane how gorgeous it is. I think I could sit and take pictures all day if I didn’t have kids to chase ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. I’m sure it will be even better… Disney does a pretty amazing job and it doesn’t seem like they are backing down anytime soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • The kitchen makes it SO nice. I have kids that wake up at different times and feeding 3 growing boys is expensive. That kitchen alleviates both those issues. I can stock up at Target or Costco before we arrive and then kids get fed as they wake up and join the rest in the living room (another great feature) and I can feed those growing boys without breaking the bank.

    • Disney is SO good at adding those little touches that really make all the difference. I think our kids have completed every mission. It’s one of their favorite things to do ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Hawaii has already been my dream vacation! Throw Disney into the mix and everything is so sweet and perfect! You guys seems to enjoy yourself so much there and love all your family photos!

    • Fantastic… it’s worth it!! I would definitely check into renting DVC (Disney Vacation Club) points or traveling off season to get the best deal. Let me know if you have any questions!!!

  12. Great photos, especially the sunrise. I have to ask though, if you’re at the beach, what do you need a chair by the pool for? I’m glad they have chair timers….I wish more places did.

    • You are right… the beach is lovely there. But, my kids love the pools so much and the slides that we spend most of our time up at the pool area.

  13. Sounds like an amazing resort! We’ve yet to visit Disney and we’re waiting for the right age for me to enjoy it fully! Hopefully Disney Paris later in the year! Great review! #MondayEscapes

    • We loved Disney Paris… and I agree with ages you have to time it right. We have different age groups so while we could be better at timing with our older group its tough now with them + a two year old. Sometimes I wish we could wait for her to get a bit older but by that time our oldest will be too old- ha! Too many kids I guess ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Hi Amber! Wow this was such an expert post, loved it! I’ve always wondered what it was like there! I have 0 kids – do you think it would be fun just for a couple or is that wishful thinking? LOVE the photos and tips too! #MondayEscapes

    • There are tons of couples at Aulani actually. Many Japanese couples honeymoon there. I think if you like Disney is would be fun. But, if you aren’t huge Mickey fans I think there might be other options that are just as Luxe without those activities for a better price though ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. This is a seriously impressive guide!! Sounds like there is a lot to love about Aulani from the beach house kids’ club and the pool with whale and dolphin noises to the fantastic family-friendly accommodation and Rainbow Reef. Not forgetting the all-singing, all-dancing Disney side of things! Great review. AND great tip on the Secret Flying site too!

  16. Thanks so much for this wonderful article! I’ve been doing as much researching as I can about all things Aulani and Oahu to prepare for our upcoming trip and yours has been the most helpful and informative so far!!
    I do have a couple of questions…We are huge Disney fans and DVC members. We finally saved up enough airline points to fly to Hawaii using just points for all four us (me, my husband and my two kids (15 yr old daughter and 10 yr old son), but just enough DVC points for a Studio. I’m a little nervous about that, especially with the teen, but I’m thinking that having a balcony will help and we honestly won’t spend a ton of time in our room…Do have any thoughts? We usually get a 1 bedroom and it’s plenty of space, so that’s probably why I’m a little concerned…
    We are traveling (out of necessity with our jobs) in July, and I’ve heard the crowds can be really overwhelming (unable to find a pool chair , 30 min lines at the slides, etc). Have you run in to that type of crowding? Any tips on how to manange it? I saw that you’re up nice and early to grab a seat ๐Ÿ™‚ Is renting a cabana worth it, in your opinion?
    We are thinking that since this is everyone’s first time to Hawaii, we should venture off of the resort. We definitely plan to go to Pearl Harbor and spend a good bit of time along the North Shore, Waimea Valley areas. Any other must do’s for our kids ages? We are have six full days, so we are thinking 3 days at the resort and 3 days out and about–sound reasonable?
    Considering our plans to get off resort property a bit, would you recommend a rental car as the most reasonable option? I recently read that self-parking is free for DVC members? True?
    So many questions!! Sorry!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hello… so sorry for the delay. We took off to DC and NYC for spring break and its been crazy. First off thank you SO MUCH for the wonderful compliments it means the world to me. We squeeze two families (our 7 plus a fam of 4) into a 2 bedroom and it is totally fine. It is Hawaii so you are going to spend all of your time outdoors anyways. Its too beautiful not to. You will have just as much space in a studio as you would in any hotel with two double queens. Plus, since you can fold up the sofa sleeper during the day you can lounge in your room even easier. You will also have a microwave, toaster and mini fridge which you do not normally have in a standard hotel room. I think you will be fine.

      Honestly, we have only traveled in May and November so I can’t speak of the crowds in July but I doubt it is really that bad. On our most recent trip the hotel was at capacity so it can’t get any busier and I had zero issues with crowds. We do get up early to grab chairs but only because with the baby its easier to have an umbrella. If you run down around 7:30am you can grab chairs for the day with no problem. I have never paid for a cabana. They have bad placement in my opinion.

      Yes, venture off… order Pearl Harbor tickets online through the state parks for like $1.50 a piece. It will save you time. Rent a car its the easiest way and yes parking for DVC is free. Your kids are at perfect ages to explore North Shore… they will love it. Make sure to hit up Matsumoto’s it has recently been remodeled and its the best shaved ice on the island. I think the way you split your time will be great too. Let me know if you have any other questions ๐Ÿ™‚ I am SOOOO excited for you. You are going to have an amazing trip!!!

  17. Wow this is an extensive travel guide, it must have taken you ages to put together! My husband and I visited Oahu on our honeymoon. An absolutely incredible place. We didn’t visit Disney but we did explore Pearl Harbour which was very memorable. #MondayEscapes

  18. Amazing guide to Oahu and Aulani – I want to go right now! The fact that you actually came home relaxed… that’s the sell right away! Those pools look amazing too – I think my son would never leave! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

  19. Amber, these pictures are amazing! Of course, the resort looks amazing but the shots are stunning! Thanks for posting and sharing with those of us still waiting to see this beautiful resort! Of course, I was holding out waiting to see the shave ice pics and wasn’t disappointed! Matsumoto’s is one of the most famous spots for shave ice and its worth the wait. But i saw someone in your photo wearing a California hat? If you live, or visit, Southern California, you should visit our Food Truck or our location in Huntington Beach! You will be amazed how delicious our shave ice is in comparison to the savory island treat! P.S. Hawaiian style with condensed milk is incredibly delicious and worth a try at least ONCE.

  20. We are going in June for the second time. I love all of your suggestions and agree with them all. I was wondering why you recommend the Ewa Tower. We have a two bedroom lockoff because grandma and grandpa are coming with us. We wanted them to have their own space but be close.Also, can you reuse the refillable mugs that were purchased during another trip? Finally, we are DVC members and I really want the same view we had last time. We have an ocean view reserved and I really want the pool/water park/beach/ocean view. Can you request a certain room? We tried that when we went to CA and stayed at Grand Californian and DVC didn’t even add those rooms to my file after I called and asked them too. I feel like I would call the hotel over DVC. Would that work?

    • Hello Leah, I prefer the Ewa Tower bc it has better views of the ocean and sunsets from your balcony. It also has fewer DVC Villa rooms so it is harder to get. I would recommend calling the hotel directly for sure. I have had the same thing happen when I went through DVC. We bring our mugs back when we go. Sometimes we lose them and have to replace some but it has never been a problem. I would definitely bring yours ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great trip!!!

      • Thank you. I have been wondering about the mugs for awhile. We bought four last time and would love to take them back. Thanks for the info about the Ewa Tower. We will call the hotel directly. I for sure what the right view based on using so many points. ๐Ÿ™‚ Other than those two things nothing much as changed besides signing up for Aunty’s activities in advance which I already did and received confirmation already. We didn’t do that last time.

  21. Thank you for the awesome and informative article! I have a Deluxe Studio Ocean View room booked for an upcoming trip. Do you have any info or things to share about this particular type of room? Should I also make a request for a particular tower? Appreciate it!

    • Hello Ron… that is SO exciting!!! First off you are going to have an AMAZING trip. You have to ask for Alyssa (a cast member) she can be found in valet. She’s incredible and will help guide you and answer all of your questions. She’s like family to us now. Anyhoo… I would request the Ewa Tower bc that is our favorite but honestly they are both pretty fantastic. Do you have any questions in particular? The studios are fantastic and the view is to die for. You will have a bed + pull out sofa bed, microwave, toaster, mini fridge and paper plates, bowls and plastic cutlery. You will not have laundry in your room but facilities are on site. Hmmm… porta cribs are available. Many things can be requested including blenders. That’s all I can think of right now. If you have specific questions please feel free to ask ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thanks for the reply! We are there for 3 nights, which is probably way too short to enjoy everything…so can you suggest a game plan that will let us make the most of those few days on the resort…as far as must-do’s, must-see’s, etc??

  22. Thank you SO much for all these amazing tips! We can’t wait to get there so we can check them all out. So many valuable tips, truly. Loved this ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Thank you for these awesome details!! We’re going in two days with our three kiddos, ages 1-7! Did you ever use their babysitting service?

    • Hi there Amber (great name by the way– it’s mine too!) I am SO glad you found this helpful. You are going to have the BEST time. If you happen to see Alyssa in valet introduce yourself and tell her Global Munchkins sent you and she’ll take good care of you. She has become like family now. In regards to the babysitting. I have never used Aulani’s BUT I have used their service at different Disney properties and loved it. As well as countless other babysitting services through big brand hotel’s. The sitters are vetted and Disney’s name is on the line so the kids are very well cared for and I can’t imagine Aulani being any different. Kids ages 3-12 can go to Auntie’s Beach House free of charge (included with your stay) and my kids never want to leave the activities they have going on in there ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let me know if you have any other questions. I am actually at a conference and the Disney Aulani rep was speaking so maybe I can track her down tomorrow and get more answers for you too. I will try ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Amber, did you end up finding a good babysitting service through Aulani? Weโ€™re travelling with 8 adults and 3 kids, two of them will be 1 1/2 yrs old. Just want to hear how things went!

  24. Loved all of your tips! We’re at Aulani right now and we’re all having a blast. They don’t deliver the daily iwa to your room but you just pick it up either the night before or morning if at the lobby. They actually now have a luau, not just a show but also with food, where you can buy VIP tickets or just general admission for cheaper. Seating for general admission is first come, first served so we got there really early and we were able to choose our seats and had a great view. Lots of activities included like getting tattoos (they actually draw on you, not the wet and stick it on you kind and with one of the people being an actual tattoo artist), pounding taro, making bracelets out of orchids and tea leaves… Tonight was their first show and it was fun! Food was good and entertainment was really good. Entertainment starts out a little slow and picks up afterwards so make sure kids are well rested (get a nap in). They teach the kids to do the hula and there’s a surprise visit ?. It was fun!

  25. Such a memorable trip! Thanks for all your tips, especially the saving tip. Besides, the site suggested in Transportation is really good. I pinned it in case use. Reading your whole trip, I tend to have a trip there in near future and wanna keep the routine of travelling.

  26. I have a quick question! I wanted the iconic Hawaiian outfits photo. Anybody know if it’s expensive to buy at the resort? The swap meet is unavailable when we go and online prices can go up to $80! Thank you

    • Hello Kathy, you will have no problem finding matching Hawaiian outfits. There is a Target one exit away that carries them as well as shops like Hilo Hattie and the ABC Store located all around the island. Have a blast!!! And, if there is any other questions you have please don’t hesitate to ask ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Timely review for me, Mama Munchkin as it is 48 days until our family departs for a Spring Break trip to Aulani! Should be great for our 6 and 8 year old boys. Question: how far in advance can/should parents attempt to make reservations for things that have space limitations, such as Auntie’s Beach House? I’ve heard that spring break crowds are at capacity. Also, are personal snorkel and face masks to take along for the kids a good idea? Beach towels? Did you visit the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu?

  28. Firstly, thanks for such a great review! Truly comprehensive!
    We (family of 5) are heading to Aulani later in the year and I’ve been wondering how best to deal with our grocery requirements. We will be staying at Aulani for 5 nights and will more than likely prepare meals more than we will eat out. I’ve seen mention of Target and Costco but also mention of a grocery store over the road. Is it fair to say that stocking the fridge / pantry initially with cereals, bread, milk, beer etc will be a lot cheaper at Costco and that the grocery store should be used for smaller purchases? As we’re not planning to hire a car until we get to Waikiki (which will be after we’re finished at Aulani) I’m not sure how we can fit a Costco shop in as a taxi probably doesn’t make sense once we’ve already arrived.

    • So glad you found my review helpful. Yes, I would stock up at Costco or Target. There is a small grocery store at Aulani in the gift shop but it’s pricey. There is also an ABC store across the street from Aulani that you can walk to for things like milk, snacks, sandwiches etc… let me know if you have any other questions ?

  29. Thanks so much for the great tips!! We are going for spring break and you REALLY helped me out with what we need to know, what to expect and look forward to!! I’m so glad I was able to make reservations for the character breakfast thanks to your input!! I’m so excited!!
    Thanks again!!

  30. Are you able to advise how the man made lagoon snorkelling works? Are you allowed to come and go across the day or does payment entitle you to a certain amount of snorkelling time only?

  31. Hello, Heath, I can quite honestly say that Disney does an INCREDIBLE job with their tours and activities. Their guides have always been amazing and YES it makes it super easy and convenient to book your excursions through them. I think if you have the money they are absolutely WORTH it!! You can ask for our friend Alyssa who works at the front desk. She’s amazing and I am sure she can help point you in the right direction as far as which excursions to choose. Have an amazing trip!! And, please feel free to ask more questions and send others you know my way too. I love helping people plan their trips!

  32. This is the best article I’ve come across! Thank you so much. We’re going over Thanksgiving. Have you ever been there during any of the holidays? I’m trying to decide which dining experience to book for our Thanksgiving meal. They have a feast. Its is expensive, but it has the characters. Do you think it would be worth it? The reality is my boys will probably only eat the mac n cheese. Also, have you experienced the luau? Do you think that’s worth if? I’m not 100% sure if my boys attention can be held for the 3 hrs. And that is super expensive. Thanks for your help!

    • You just made my day, so happy you liked it! I will actually be there for Thanksgiving too, we’ve gone the past few years at that time. We have always eaten at the Makahiki Buffet. We usually do a character breakfast at least once but the kids seem to be over it after that. I am sure that the feast is great, but the menu looks like it is identical to the food at Makahiki which is about $30 cheaper per adult. We actually have not done the luau yet, but plan to on this trip. We haven’t visited in over a year (last year did Harmony of the Seas instead) and they only had the Starlit Hui before. That was a free luau show w/o the food. So, I would think the paid luau would be pretty awesome! Let me know if you have any other questions. And, if you see us PLEASE come and say hi ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Thank you so much! I will absolutely say hi! We’ve never been before and we’re super excited for the trip…But I’ve been a little behind. I’m just now looking at activities/ dining/ excursions. Enjoy your trip!

  34. Thank-you for the amazing review! We’re headed to Aulani in a few weeks with our 4 year old and 1 year old. Since going this past Thanksgiving (I saw your response in the comments above) do you have any new tips?

    • So fun, we love Aulani and you are going to have an amazing trip! I think I would just add that we really enjoyed the luau, the food was the best I have ever had at a luau and the show was awesome. Otherwise, all the tips we mentioned are still good. We take advantage of the happy hour at Monkey Pod across the street and the Mexican restaurant over there is actually good now too.

  35. What a great article.We are actually going there in less than 50 days! I have only 1 question…what do you wish you would have packed, but didn’t? Probably something you would have learned after your first vist,but since this is our first…suggestions?

    • Great question! Hmmm… Aulani is so easy. You just need swimsuits, cover-ups, flip flops, sunglasses, sunscreen and you are good really. Plus, there is a Target and a Costco nearby and an amazing mall called Ala Moana Center in case you forget anything. I have a Hawaii Packing list that may be good to double check. It’s the one I personally use and we go to Aulani annually ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know if you have any other questions.

    • 8 inches- oh my! My Southern CA blood can’t do cold very well. Although, I do love to play in the snow temporarily. YES!!! Go to Aulani– it’s incredible and you won’t regret that sweet Hawaiian sunshine!!

  36. So nice post. I am a traveler and its my passion. I read your post that about Disney trips is great for me. On my latest trip to Oahu, I booked the last part of my vacation at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Ko’olina and I’m so excited to share it with you!them since we checked in and I couldn’t resist the photo op. You can add the fresh pineapple to any drink for $9. I got the crushed pineapple mule. So good!

  37. That looks like so much fun! I’d love to take my 4 kids! Last time I was in Hawaii I think I was like 5 years old. My kids and husband have never been!

  38. That makes me so happy to hear that. Thank you so much for taking the time to write that ๐Ÿ™‚ You are going to have an incredible time. Let me know if you have any questions.

  39. Planning for our third trip to Aulani during the last week of September… do you know exactly when the best time to book would be? I know there are certain deals that pop up throughout the year…

    Any money saving advice is appreciated! Mahalo!

  40. This is such an amazing resource! Thank you so much for taking the time to detail everything! Our family of four (5 year old and 7 month old boys) are looking forward to our first trip to Aulani (and Hawaii!) during the 2nd week of June. Iโ€™m bookmarking this to return to time and time again!

    • Awww… you guys are going to have the most amazing time. Feel free to ask any questions. You can always find me on Instagram too, I’m always on over there. I’m global_munchkins. When you go make sure to say hi to Alyssa at the front desk. She has become like family to us and she always takes great care of anyone we send over there ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Thanks for all of the great information! We are planning a trip to Aulani and I am trying to plan what character meal to reserve. What is your opinion was on doing a character breakfast versus the โ€œMENEHUNE MISCHIEFโ€ character dinner?

  42. We are planners and are looking to go in June 2019. We recently bought into DVC through a resale site (Aulani is home resort). We will have enough points to book a 2 bedroom villa for a week, but we are having a large family vacation, and need 6 other rooms (can be 2 bedroom villas). Would you recommend trying to just rent points for the other rooms, finding those with an 11 month window? Paying outright for those? Or waiting to see if we could get them in the 7 month time frame. Sorry so many questions! And thanks so much for your great articles!

    • Hello Andrea, how exciting!! It depends on the time of year you are hoping to book and how busy it typically is at that time. There is an availability calendar on the DVC member website that you can check to see if it looks pretty open or not. Busier seasons I would rent points for the 11-month window. It is a popular resort and often sells out before the 7-month mark- summer, spring break. Hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Thank you for all this great info! I came across your website as I sit here preparing to leave for Aulani in 2 days!!!! We joined DVC when we were at WDW in October, and this is our first DVC trip! Weโ€™ve never been to Hawaii, though itโ€™s always been on my bucket list, and combining it with Disney is a double win!!

  44. Very detailed post! Our family loves Aulani because even though it’s a Disney Resort, they still honor the local Kama’aina discount tradition to make staycations affordable!!

  45. Great post! Weโ€™re booked for a villa in a few months. Quick question about asking for a โ€œdedicatedโ€ 2 bedroom villa… when I call to request, is that the term the cast members will recognize? According to the Aulani website, 2 bedroom villas have 2.5 baths so Iโ€™m surprised to see that you have to specify that youโ€™d like a 2.5 bath…

    Thanks for your thorough review. Definitely bookmarking this post so I can refer back when we arrive!

    • Hi Toni,
      If you are booking through a DVC Rental like the one we mentioned, where you save about 40% off the accommodations, then yes you definitely do. Through the hotel, they might prioritize the people paying full price and automatically give them the 2-bedroom dedicated villa. Glad you liked the post. You’ll have a great time when you are there.

  46. I love this post! Weโ€™re headed to Aulani in the next month or so and Iโ€™ve been trying to get all the info I can. One of our biggest concerns is that weโ€™re bringing a 2 year old. Your review and lots of others have made me feel confident sheโ€™ll have fun. We love that our older two can have time at Auntys but sheโ€™s not old enough. What did you do with your two year old while the older kids were at auntys? Iโ€™ve read they have babysitters and weโ€™d love to take advantage and have some alone time but Iโ€™m wondering your thoughts on using their babysitter service. Mostly safety concerns. Thank you!!!

    • Hi Bailey,
      We have personally not used Aulani’s babysitting services, so I can’t give you my personal opinion. I know the staff at the kids club (Aunty’s Beach House) are amazing, but I do not know if they are the ones who also do the babysitting. I would give Aulani a call and ask about your safety concerns. Here is their number (866) 443-4763

  47. Thank you for this post, we are traveling to Aulani in two weeks and this post made my planning so much easier

  48. Wow! So comprehensive! Thank you so much for the time and effort. We are going to Aulani for the first time next month. Weโ€™re so excited and I will definitely be taking advantage of all the great advice here. Any chance you have a column for traveling with 3 kids, ages 3,5 and 8 nonstop from Boston to HNL?

  49. On our last trip I saw your family at Aulani and got so excited my husband laughed at me. I told him I follow you and recognized your kids from the pictures. We have a trip planned for this August and hope we are able to go. Do you have any updated recommendations for Oahu or Aulani?

    • That is so sweet. We actually had a trip planned in June to visit Aulani but will need to reschedule. A couple of new things we have done recently on the island are Catching Tuna at the Honolulu Fish Auction (It’s like the event at Pike Place Market in Seattle). I don’t know if that will be back open by then. We also found a great new beach to view sea turtles (Ali’i beach on North Shore) they usually are just relaxing on the sand. I hope you have an amazing trip.

  50. What VIEW would you recommend for a 2BR villa? We are DVC members (home resort is BCV) and will be bringing our older kiddos (15,22, 25). Not first time to Hawaii but first staying here. Is the Ocean view worth the point splurge and is the Pool view noisy. Don’t plan on staying in the room but wouldn’t mind a good view for balcony ‘down’ time. Thanks for all your tips and tricks too.

    • Hi Rebecca

      We have done the island view, pool view, and ocean view. The pool view is basically a lower floor of the resort and the one big downside is the noise. At night, Aulani has sounds in the pool area of the Menehune (little giggles) and it woke up our kids a few times. The ocean view is a much higher floor and you won’t hear the noise. It is quite nice and if you book an ocean view ask for the ocean view facing the pool as you get the best of both worlds.


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