KO OLINA, Hawaii – When guests arrive in their rooms at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on Oahu, they will find welcoming dÃ©cor that blends Hawaiian tradition and Disney whimsy. Working with local Hawaiian artisans, Disney Imagineers have created a charming and relaxing environment inspired by the fine arts and crafts traditions of ancient Hawaiians.
Earth-tone print fabrics in the rooms take their cue from traditional Hawaiian kapa cloth, characterized by the subtle intricacy of its elegantly embossed patterns. Retro Hawaiian floral print fabrics, locally known as “bark cloth” and popular in the 1930s and ’40s, provide touches of colorful vibrancy on accent pillows.
Outrigger canoe posts and beams work their way into the design of bedroom headboards – along with clever butterfly joints evoking the ancient Hawaiians’ method for artfully repairing their prized wood calabash bowls.
The homage to Hawaiian culture in the room dÃ©cor is accented by Disney touches – distinctive “hidden Mickeys” which guests may discover only on a Hawaii family vacation at Aulani.
In the corridors outside the rooms, wall coverings are embedded with a host of native cultural references – from poi pounders to fish traps to sea urchins – and more “hidden Mickeys” camouflaged within the richly patterned surfaces.
All Aulani rooms have lanai balconies or porches. Standard hotel rooms sleep up to four guests and feature flat-screen televisions, DVD players, small refrigerators, coffee makers and tea service, ceiling fans, wireless internet service and an in-room safe. Parlor suites sleep up to five people.
Disney Vacation Club villas range in size from a deluxe studio with wet bar to a three-bedroom Grand Villa with private balcony. The villas can accommodate from four to 12 guests, and special features include whirlpool tubs, stacked washer-dryers and fully equipped kitchens.