Stories from the Garden of Aulani Resort
A visit to Aulani is more than just a tropical getaway to crystal blue waters and a lush tropical garden. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very much that, but it’s also about being immersed in the Polynesian culture of Hawaii.
Walking into the doors of Disney’s Aulani Resort is like opening the pages of a storybook and diving in. Woven into artwork, activities and told by the outstanding cast members is the story of Hawai’i’s culture. The story is also told by the kīhāpai.
Kīhāpai is the Hawai’ian word for garden. Within the kīhāpai of Aulani guests will find unique plants which tell a story of Hawai’i’s history.
The ‘uki’uki is a small shurb with blueberries growing from it’s branches. In years past, the people of Hawai’i used the berries to create a dye. The kapa (barkcloth used for bedding and clothing) was colored with the dye from the berries.
Guests can join Dalani Tanahy, a kapa practitioner, in a class at Pau Hana Community Hall. All participants will create their own stamped shirts utilizing the kapa printing method.
Hala, also known as Pandanus, are the tall trees whose roots come out above the ground. As the long leaves of this tree are dried, they are picked and woven into mats, hats and even jewelry. The leaves were even once used to make sails for voyaging canoes.
Guests may find Aunty Lorna Pacheco, a Hala practitioner, within Pau Hana Community Hall. Be sure to stop by so that she can share her talents with you.
The Aulani Resort has so much to offer its’ guests. Be sure you take the time to explore and learn the stories of Hawai’i and it’s culture on your next visit.
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