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Aulani Resort Gets A Song for Its 10th Anniversary

Disney’s Hawaiian resort Aulani is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this week, and the anniversary is being celebrated in typical Disney fashion: with lots of special events. One particular highlight so far was the TikTok live that featured Moana, and now there’s also an original “mele”, a Hawaiian song that was recently written for the resort. As Disney stated, music “has always played a key role in…storytelling at Aulani Resort”, including the lobby music that features Keali‘i Reichel’s Music of the Maka‘ala and the ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i Mele from Aunty’s Beach House, a series of classic Disney songs (sung in native Hawaiian) that was created by Kenneth Makuakane to play throughout the Disney resort grounds.
Cover art for the new song ‘Aulani, Lei Hiwahiwa

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The new mele (another word for song) is called Aulani, Lei Hiwahiwa. It was performed by two Aulani Cast Members, Angela Morales and Eric Lee. This song is meant to emphasize the presence of Hawaiian culture at Disney’s Aulani Resort, and is “an ode to the story of this special place – from its formation…to what it has become today and the ‘ohana who has given it life”.

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Angela Morales and Eric Lee are not just Aulani Cast Members and the individuals who portray “Aunty” and “Uncle” at Aulani. They are also award-winning performers, and they have won multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards in Hawai‘i’s recording industry. A behind-the-scenes video has been released, showing how the song came about.

Have you been to Aulani? What do you think of the song, and are you tuning in for all of the special anniversary events this week?

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Sharon is from New England. She's a writer, animal lover, and, of course, a Disney Fanatic! Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures.