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Ka Wa’a, a luau is returning to Aulani on March 27

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

There’s no better way to end a day in Hawaii than with a luau, and beginning on March 27, 2021, Ka Wa’a, a luau will return to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina on the island of Oahu.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Ka Wa'a luau
Photo credit Samantha Davis-Friedman

After being welcomed to the beautiful Halawai Lawn by the blowing of a conch shell and the Hawaiian oli chant, guests will enjoy live music, traditional dance, and ancient stories of Hawaii told through Disney’s signature entertainment.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Ka Wa'a luau, fire knife dancers
Photo courtesy of Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Before the show, guests will be able to participate in family activities at their table, including flower arranging and poi pounding, a process through which taro root is ground to create poi – a traditional Hawaiian food.

As part of Aulani’s new health and safety procedures, a buffet dinner has been replaced with a three-course plated meal that highlights island specialties including ahi poke (marinated raw fish) and lomilomi salmon salad; imu-style braised pork cooked in an underground oven, fresh island fish, oven-roasted teriyaki chicken, and local seasonal vegetables; and a dessert trio of macadamia nut brownies, haupia (coconut pudding), and guava cake. Special keiki (kids) bento boxes are also available with kid-friendly favorites like macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders, and even a Moana surprise dessert. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are included in the event price. Click here for a sample menu.

After dinner, guests embark on a journey through Hawaiian history told with music and dance. As the story unfolds, guests will discover Hawaii’s deep cultural roots in canoe (wa‘a) exploration that brought the first voyagers to Ko Olina – and which gives the luau its name.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Ka Wa'a, a luau
Photo courtesy of Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Ka Wa’a, a luau is offered three nights per week, weather permitting. Before June 1, 2021, preferred seating and pre-show activities begin at 5:00 p.m., and general seating begins at 5:10 p.m.; after June 1, 2021, doors open at 5:30 p.m. for preferred seating and 5:45 p.m. for general seating.

Pricing for preferred seating is $189 for guests ages 10 and older and $114 for kids ages 3-9; general seating is $160 for guests ages 10+ and $94 for ages 3-9.

Seating is limited to maintain physical distancing and reservations are recommended. Click here for more information and to make reservations.

Check out our video from 2019 of Mickey and Minnie performing the Aulani Hula:

Mickey & Minnie appear in KA WA‘A, a luau at Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii

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