The Mischievous Menehune of Disney Aulani, Hawaii
Disney Aulani has a special surprise awaiting fans of Hidden Mickeys
The Hidden Menehune of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
While Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii does a good job of hiding several Hidden Mickeys around this massive resort property, those aren’t the only little secrets waiting to be discovered.
One of the things that Disney Imagineers did extremely well here is to celebrate the traditions, history, art and culture of Aulani’s host state of Hawaii. You will see this everywhere you look, not the least of which is the stellar design of the resort itself. Disney Aulani stands out boldly and distinctly among its neighbors in this upscale neighborhood on the waterfront. From top to bottom, Aulani honors Hawaiian design while other resorts nearby appear pale and bland by comparison, uninspired in their ambiance and architecture.
The Menehune are all around you at Disney Aulani
In true Disney style, however, the Imagineering has gone much deeper than design and artwork at Disney Aulani.
One of the most fun and lighthearted features of the resort is how Disney has embraced the Hawaiian legend of the Menehune and made them an integral part of the overall design and experience here. The Menehune are legendary Hawaiians, small in stature but big in spirit and playfulness. They only come out at night, but with a sharp eye you may be able to spot them hiding all around you at Disney Aulani.
The Menehune are part of the resort in many ways: from the obvious appearances, such as the Menehune Bridge splash pad area (for kids 48″ and under), to the interactive games of the Menehune Adventure Trail, which will take you all around the resort, both inside and out.
How many Menehune can you find?
If you are a fan of Hidden Mickeys though (and even if you aren’t) one of the most fun things to do is always keep an eye out for these mischievous little Menehune as you go about your daily activities.
For those with a sharp eye, you will find these playful little Hawaiians in the most interesting of places. This goes far beyond the Menehune statues in the gardens, although that is a great place to start. The lobby area is another good spot where you can sharpen your Menehune spotting skills (Hint: don’t leave any stone unturned. If you see an innocent looking keyhole, you may just want to bend down and peek inside to see what magic lurks within…)
After you’ve sharpened your skills in those places, the real fun will begin and if you look very carefully you will start to discover some of the more sneaky Menehune of Disney Aulani. Keep your wits about you — even if you are swimming in one of the glorious pools, casually walking in a hallway or even riding the elevator. You never know where the Menehune may be hiding and it sure is fun to spot them around the grounds of Disney Aulani Resort & Spa.
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