Aulani dining

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Aulani from the lagoon

Aulani from the lagoon

Aulani-A Disney Resort & Spa doesn’t disappoint in any way but the food is always something we all tend to rate. There is a lot to love about Aulani, and the restaurants and food don’t disappoint.

One of my favorite restaurants located there is ‘Ama’Ama. Like the rest of Aulani, there’s a story associated with this restaurant. It was a fishing settlement where Auntie’s elders built a house. In the original wood structure you’ll see Uncle’s fishing net hanging from the ceiling. As the family, or ‘ohana, grew, they added rooms, so you’ll see each room is built with different materials and styles. You can see where they marked off the children’s height on one of the poles and where small feet ran through wet cement.

'Ama'Ama

‘Ama’Ama

Fishing net

Fishing net

'Ama'Ama room #1

‘Ama’Ama room #1

'Ama'Ama room #2

‘Ama’Ama room #2

Footprints in floor

Footprints in floor

Growth chart

Growth chart

I not only love the food, but also have made a good friend there with one of the servers, so I always look forward to eating there. For breakfast I love the chocolate milk-dipped haupia bread with bananas and peanut butter. When I first heard of this from one of my good friends/clients that visited there, I wasn’t sure, but since I love all of those things I knew I had to try it—and that turned out to be one of my favorite breakfast items.

Chocolate milk-dipped haupia bread french toast with bananas and peanut butter

Chocolate milk-dipped haupia bread french toast with bananas and peanut butter

Steel-cut oatmeal with fresh berries

Steel-cut oatmeal with fresh berries

They also have Loco Moco, which is a traditional Hawaiian breakfast that consists of a hamburger and eggs on top of rice, topped by gravy. I didn’t have it here, but did try it at Makahiki and it was actually pretty good, which did surprise me. They also have 2 bread baskets, both which are really good, but my favorite is the Hawaiian Flavors-guava fan, coconut cream pocket, croissant and orange-macadamia nut muffin. Excellent!

Hawaiian Flavors bread basket

Hawaiian Flavors bread basket

Although I usually don’t eat lunch here I did finally try the lunch, and again, wasn’t disappointed. The kahuku corn and crab chowder is almost worth flying back to Hawaii to have again! It was so very good, and combined with the ‘Ama’Ama chopped salad, a perfect lunch. Dinner here is good as well, but I actually liked the other two meals a little more than dinner.

Kahuku corn and crab chowder

Chopped salad

Chopped salad

Makahiki Buffet is open for breakfast and dinner, with breakfast being Aunty’s breakfast celebration featuring a few of your favorite Disney characters. You can meet Mickey prior to eating, then a few others will come by your table for photos and autographs, including Aunty, during your meal. The breakfast buffet has a lot of very good options, including Loco Moco. I’m sure dinner has as many choices, but I just didn’t ever have time to eat there for that meal.

Makahiki buffet

Makahiki buffet

Mickey and I at Aunty's Breakfast Celebration

Mickey and I at Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration

Makahiki buffet

Makahiki buffet

Breakfast buffet at Makahiki

Breakfast buffet at Makahiki

The newest dining option is Ulu Café, which is open all day, and offers several quick service options. You can grab a muffin, salad, or another Hawaiian treat, spam musubi.

Ulu Cafe

Ulu Cafe

Ulu Cafe seating

Ulu Cafe seating

Hawaiian treat

Hawaiian treat

They have a daily plate meal, which is enough food to share between two people. You can also get your refillable mug here, and refill it here, the Lava Shack or outside of ‘Ama’Ama.

Ulu Cafe breakfast platter

Ulu Cafe breakfast platter

Ulu Cafe Hot Plate, turkey

Ulu Cafe Hot Plate, turkey

Baked potato soup

Baked potato soup

Kalua pork flatbread

Kalua pork flatbread

Ulu Cafe drink station

Ulu Cafe drink station

The Lava Shack

The Lava Shack

There are also a few quick service locations out by the pools where you can get hot dogs, chicken fingers, salads and shaved ice with a choice of several flavors. You can also get good food at the Wailana Pool Bar, Off the Hook (try the fish tacos) and ‘Olelo Room (the sweet potato tots are really good!). The ‘Olelo Room has objects all around the room with their Hawaiian word beside it. The staff there will be glad to help you with learning some Hawaiian words-just ask!

Papalua Shaved Ice

Papalua Shaved Ice

Shaved ice

Shaved ice

Off The Hook

Off The Hook

Fish tacos at Off the Hook

Fish tacos at Off the Hook

Mama's Snack Shop

Mama’s Snack Shop

'Olelo

‘Olelo

'Olelo Hawaiian words

‘Olelo Hawaiian words

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse

House from Up

House from Up

Hawaiian words

Hawaiian words

Hawaiian words

Hawaiian words

Tigger

Tigger

As you can see, there’s plenty of choices, all with good food, and most are large enough to share. Are you ready to head to Hawaii for some great food?  Check out more information on Aulani, the rooms and other things to do on ‘Oahu.

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Deb Chambers

About Deb Chambers

Debbie didn’t make her first trip to Walt Disney World until 1990, but she’s made up for it since then! She and her husband even bought a house that’s just nine miles from Animal Kingdom. Debbie is a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge and has completed Graduate ourses at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. She has cruised several times on the Disney Cruise Line, has also sailed various other cruise lines and is an Master Cruise Counselor (MCC). She is certified with Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Princess cruise lines as well as is Universal, Las Vegas and several destination specialist programs. She has also taken a training class with the Sandals chain in Jamaica. She’s traveled a good deal of the US and Europe, including an Adventures by Disney trip to Costa Rica. Debbie¹s love for people and travel make this the perfect job for her.

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