Hawaii Mom Blog: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa's Ka Wa`a Luau




November 16, 2016

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa's Ka Wa`a Luau

Last night Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa debuted its new luau, Ka Wa`a.  I was honored to have been invited to the premiere, where my son and I enjoyed a fantastic evening of activities, food, and entertainment.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with lei, took photos with luau cast members, and were escorted to their tables with Ka Wa`a Sunset Cocktails in hand (non-alcoholic versions offered to the kiddos).

Ka Wa`a Sunset
Pre-show activities and entertainment kept guests busy for the first hour.

Beautiful music performed during the pre-show activities
Activities included Na Pua U`i (floral craft), Kapa Printing (bark cloth design), Kakau (Hawaiian Temporary Tattoos), and Ku`i Ke Kalo (Taro Pounding).

Making a wristlet
Stamping fun

My son got a fish hook tattoo

You can sample poi!
The second hour is when guests can indulge in a traditional island buffet, which includes local faves, such as taro macaroni salad, lomi salmon, teriyaki chicken, and prime rib.  There was also a fab spread of sweets - fruit, bread pudding, brownies, and more!
Taro and Guava Croutons

Lomi Lomi Salmon Salad
Ahi Poke

Hawaiian Waters Local Catch with Crushed Macadamia Nut Sauce

Braised Pork Imu Style with Maui Onion

Teriyaki Chicken

Whole Roasted Hawaiian Raised Suckling Pig

Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Alae Sea Salt Crusted

Banana Bread Pudding
Guava Cake

Macadamia Nut Brownie

Haupia and Coconut Pudding

A keiki buffet is also offered with kid-friendly fare, such as veggie sticks, mac and cheese, and chicken strips.  I admit - I couldn't help but give that chicken a try - it was so good!  I even heard other adults rave about the mac and cheese!

Tiki Chicken Tenderloin

Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Meatballs
Big Wave Fruit Cup with Marshmallows
Moana Surprise Dessert
Guests sure were treated to a feast!  The food was delicious.  I especially loved the Macadamia Nut Brownie - it was rich and fudgy!

The pre-show entertainment continued with an Aulani hula lesson, in which keiki were encouraged to participate.

Even Mickey & Minnie joined in on the fun!
Soon after the official luau show started. 

Ka Wa`a, or canoe, represents the journey of Hawaii's people.  

During the show, Noa, a local storyteller, takes guests on a journey from ancient times to the present. Performers from Tihati Productions told tales through song and dance of significant people, places, and things in Hawaii's history.

The vibrant costumes, engaging chants, and graceful dances captivated the audience.  The performers weaved tales of family traditions, sacred places, and ancient legends.

My favorite segment of the show focused on the demigod Maui, in which fireknife dancers put on a thrilling performance (you can see a short clip on my Instagram here).

The magic of Disney's team, paired with the talent of the Tihati Productions' team, resulted in a fantastic show, enchanting guests of all ages.

Ka Wa`a Details:
  • Luau is offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays (subject to change, based on season).  Pre-show begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by the buffet service and luau show.
  • Admission starts at $119 for adults and $79 for keiki (children 3-9 years old). Keiki under 3 will be free.
  • For reservations, call (808) 674-6850.

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