Photo courtesy of the Disney Aulani
Ka Wa‘a – the Luau at Disney Aulani
Most locals agree the Mouse House puts on Oahu's best traditional feast for visitors. Perhaps that's unsurprising, given the care Disney put into this $800-million high-rise version of a fishing village. Eschewing its usual cartoon-tastic, over-the-top approach, the company went more low-key and drew deeply on the advice of Hawaiian artists, designers, and storytellers. Its luau—called "Ka Wa‘a" (canoe), honoring the Polynesian migration to Hawaii—invites guests to learn hula, string lei, pound taro, arrange flowers, make traditional prints, and apply temporary tattoos. Meal highlights include braised pork, cooked in the imu (earth oven) style, and desserts such as guava cakes and banana bread pudding. Reserve ahead.
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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92-1185 Ali'inui Dr, Kapolei, HI 96707, USA