As you already know, we are HUGE fans of Disney’s Aulani Resort and we have visited many times with our munchkins. However, our last trip was extra special because the Disney PR team invited us to experience KA WA‘A, a luau at Aulani. This was not our first luau experience in Oahu, but man does it top the list as one of the best! The amazing luau is just one of the reasons Aulani is one of the best resorts for families. Read on to find out what we loved about this incredible family-friendly Disney Aulani Resort activity.
5 Reasons We LOVED the Aulani Luau – KA WA‘A
1 Aulani Luau – Pre-Show Activities for the Kids
We received VIP Tickets which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND checking into because one of the perks is you get to enter the luau activities before anyone else! Why is this such a big deal? Honestly, these hands-on activities were one of our family’s favorite things about the luau at Disney Aulani. Not only were these activities super fun for the kids (and kids at heart) but they were also authentic to the Hawaiian culture and highly educational too.
The girls enjoyed kāpala painting, lei-making, and ku‘i kalo (pounding taro root). They were even able to try a sample of poi after they were finished pounding. Even my older three boys participated, their favorite part was getting a temporary kakau tattoo I think.
2 Delicious Island Dinner Buffet
I am a total foodie so one of the things I am always interested in when I go to a luau is the FOOD! And, man did they deliver at KA WA’A! This Disney Aulani luau put together an incredible spread of delicious salads, fresh island fruit, seasonally-sourced vegetables, local seafood, braised imu-style pork, teriyaki chicken + carving stations with whole roasted Hawaii-raised suckling pig and slow-roasted prime rib. Of course, what else would you expect at Disney’s Aulani Resort, right? All of the food found at the resort is delicious!!
Of course, you have to pace yourself at the luau though because you won’t want to miss the decadent house-made desserts including haupia-coconut and banana bread puddings (my personal favorites), macadamia nut brownies, guava cakes, tropical fruits & berries and more!
With our VIP ticket, we also received complimentary beverages (including adult cocktails) throughout the night. Another added bonus!
3 Separate Keiki Buffet!
While most of my munchkins are good eaters, the girls are a bit pickier with their food choices so I was thrilled to see a separate (and adorable) kid-sized buffet set up at the Aulani luau as well. Offerings included shaka macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders, a few different Mickey-shaped pasta dishes and more.
4 Authentic Hawaiian Culture
One of the reasons our family loves to travel is to experience all of the beautiful cultures all over the world. Although we didn’t leave the United States to visit Disney Aulani, it almost felt as if we had because Hawaii has a unique culture all it’s own with a fascinating rich history and deep roots to their native ways of life including their appreciation for the beauty and bounty of the islands.
5 Disney Magic!
Of course, if you asked Olivia what her favorite part was, I have no doubt in my mind she would quickly inform you that her favorite part of the Aulani luau was seeing Moana on stage. And, that is the magic of Disney! They take a traditional activity, like a luau, and incorporate elements of surprise and magic making it an event the entire family will love.
If you are planning a trip to Disney’s Aulani Resort I urge you to look into booking tickets for KA WA‘A. This incredible luau is one of the best luau’s we have ever experienced. The music, dancing, storytelling, and hands-on activities are a pure delight. And, the food is outstanding. A ‘Must Do’ in our book!
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