Thanks so much for reading along. I hope both you and your wife enjoy reading the report as much as I am enjoying writing it.Jus got caught up on your trip and cant wait to share it with my wife. We’ve wanted to do Aulani for a while now and this might be the catalyst to start our saving!
Thanks for following along!Your Hawaiian vacation looks amazing!
I've eaten at one of the MonkeyPod locations on Maui. It was yummy! I'll look for it if I can ever talk the hubby into Aulani.
Also I hope you got some coconut syrup while you were there. Macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup are my favorite breakfast now.
Kelly will certainly appreciate the love for her skirt! She had endless debates with herself (and me) about what to pack right up to the last minute!I love Kelly's skirt.
I am really enjoying your TR. You're a very good story teller!
This resort is definitely on my wish list. You photos are great and the girls look like they are having a great time.With our bellies full, we set off to burn a few of the calories we just ate by looking around the rest of the mall area. We crossed the street where MonkeyPod was and wandered around a few more stores. There were a couple of different dining options that we could consider later on in the trip, including a pizza joint called Pizza Corner, which we were told has pretty good 'za.
We ended up stopping in and browsing through a few of the shops within the mall area, looking for cool things that we might be able to bring back with us. There were some pretty neat shops, many with clothing and other items and some that were really neat art galleries with some high-end stuff. A unique collection of eateries and stores for guests to enjoy.
We didn't end up buying anything but it was fun to browse and talk with some of the shop workers.
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When we figured we had seen enough, we decided to head back so we could start the Menehune Hunt around the resort. The sun had nearly set but we still had enough natural light to capture a few great photos of the Aulani entrance as we walked back to the hotel. No matter where you were on the property, it seemed like there was always an opportunity to get some great pics. Disney never overlooks the details.
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Before making our way to the Pua Hana Room, the community hall, to sign up for the Menehune Hunt, we made our way back to the room to drop off a few things. We could tell that the kids were getting a little tired but they refused to give in. They really wanted to find out what this hunt was all about so down to the pool level we went.
We walked into the Pua Hana Room and asked a CM if we could participate in the hunt. We had arrived after 7 pm, which is the time they typically stop lending out the tablets that are needed for the search but because we are DVC members, we get an extra hour so the timing worked out pretty well. While we waited for our tablet, I looked around the room which was really very cool. There were all sorts of Disney themed games like Jenga and Clue. A huge collection of BlueRay discs you could sign out and take back to your room. Couches and chairs that made for a very comfy sitting area in front of a big TV. It looked like a place we would definitely come back to throughout the week as they had a ton of day programs going on as well.
We were set up with our tablet and sent on our way.
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The game is hosted by Aunty who provides you with a number of clues to different locations around the courtyard. Once you find the location you are supposed to be at, the bluetooth from the tablet is connected with whatever landmark or area you are looking for. If you are in the right place and answer some riddles, or play the song that is on the tablet, something magical will happen around you.
In true Disney fashion, they really did an amazing job of blending these secret areas in with the landscaping. If you weren't playing the game, everything you see around you looks like its nothing more than amazingly well-themed landscaping. When you are playing the game, those subtle touches make for huge surprises that you wouldn't otherwise expect.
We made our way through a number of clues that led us all over the pool areas. The pools close at 8 so there were still a few brave swimmers enjoying ever last minute but for the most part, the deck areas were super quiet. I was taken back by just how dark it gets once the sun is down. It made the deck area seem much more intimate with the lighting that was used throughout the resort.
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After a while, Lennon finally dropped out and asked to go back to the room. Kelly was most pleased to head back up and get ready for bed so the two of them left me and Ella to finish our quest. We ended up finding a few more clues before returning the tablet to the community room. Ella didn't want to go up just yet so we walked down toward the beach just to see how dark everything looked at night.
It was pitch black along the water but there was a roaring fire not far away and a local CM sharing a great story about island culture to a group of resort guests. Something that is done multiple times a night. We didn't stay long to listen but it looked like a terrific added touch.
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We wandered a bit longer but finally decided to call it a night. I grabbed one last photo before heading up to unwind,
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With that, the two of us slowly wandered back to the room. When we arrived, Lennon was in her PJs, already under the covers in the pull out bed ready for some sleep. Ella and I got ourselves ready for bed and before long the lights were out. Wasn't much past 9 pm but the sun, the water, and the walking had taken its toll on all of us. We couldn't wait to grab some sleep and do it again the next day!
The worst feeling. Not sure what the issue was either. It didn’t seem overly humid or anything. That’s usually what kills me when I’m running in places like WDW. At the same time maybe my body was just in vacation mode and didn’t want to cooperate!There is nothing worse on a run then feeling like it is a slog...
Sometimes I think it’s just our subconscious (unconscious?) way to build up the mental stamina needed for some distances. If you can’t find the mental strength to get through a slog, it’d be really difficult to finish a half or full marathon. Because I agree with you, when I’ve had those sorts of runs, there has never really been a « reason » for it.The worst feeling. Not sure what the issue was either. It didn’t seem overly humid or anything. That’s usually what kills me when I’m running in places like WDW. At the same time maybe my body was just in vacation mode and didn’t want to cooperate!
Very good point and an absolute possibility. I’ve found lately that my body (and mind) feel better when I’m committed to running distances more than 10k as opposed to anything under 10k.Sometimes I think it’s just our subconscious (unconscious?) way to build up the mental stamina needed for some distances. If you can’t find the mental strength to get through a slog, it’d be really difficult to finish a half or full marathon. Because I agree with you, when I’ve had those sorts of runs, there has never really been a « reason » for it.