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Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa,
Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii
Now for the first time ever, you can own a piece of an island paradise that truly embraces the beauty and ‘Aloha Spirit of Hawaii’ with the family-oriented ‘Magic of Disney’. And it can be done at a remarkably affordable way courtesy of Disney Vacation Club, which comprises half of the 800-unit resort.
Indeed, this small timeshare piece of paradise is good through the year 2062 and starts at approximately $30,000 for a peak-season week in an ocean-view studio.
Aulani sits on a pristine 21-acre oceanfront parcel, surrounded by the majestic Waianae Mountains, the Pacific Ocean and 1 of 4 peaceful man-made lagoons perfect for swimmers, snorkelers and Hawaii’s scared Honu or Green Sea Turtle.
What makes highly acclaimed Aulani so special is the authenticity of the place. For instance, overall architectural and interior design elements are inspired by Hawaii’s rich history, culture and natural beauty, from touches of dramatic volcanic rock throughout the open-air lobby to various pools of water, lush tropical landscaping and the world-class 18,000 square-foot-spa.
In fact, this part of Oahu is so special that in true Disney story-telling fashion, Ko Olina actually dates back to King Kamehameha the Great and his favorite wife Queen Ka’ahumanu, who used to come to what is now Ko Olina for sacred retreats, rest and relaxation themselves.
"This resort hotel will give our guests another way to visit an exciting part of the world with a brand they trust," former Walt Disney Parks & Recreation chairman Jay Rasulo was quoted at the time Disney announced it was finalizing plans to purchase the 21 acres of oceanfront property. "In fact, Hawaii has been among our most requested Disney Vacation Club getaway locations beyond our theme parks. We are looking forward to building a special family resort that honors the cultural diversity of Hawaii and reflects the spirit of aloha that makes this location so unique."
Jeff Stone, President of The Resort Group and master developer of Ko Olina, was thrilled to have the Disney brand help bring greater awareness to his upstart growing community.
"Ko Olina means 'place of joy,' and I can't imagine a more perfect fit here than a Disney resort that will bring joy to people from around the world," Stone was quoted as saying. "For many years, it has been our vision to continue to expand Ko Olina as a premier vacation destination for families and business travelers, and this new Disney resort hotel is making that vision a wonderful reality."