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Aulani Grand Opening - Day 3

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Aloha!

The big event today was the Grand Opening Ceremony held soon after sunset this evening. It was beautiful, heartfelt, moving, and powerful. It was truly a privilege to be here to experience it.

The video (two parts) is at the end of this blog entry - it's about 22 minutes long. If you don't have time for all of it, watch part 2 - that's where we saw the live performance of "E Ala E" by Hawaiian singer/songwriter Keali'i Reichel, who wrote an original chant for Aulani (which is in part 1 of the video), and also heard Lehua Kalima
sing "When you Wish Upon a Star" in Hawaiian. Just beautiful.

The ceremony was held on a stage they set up down on the beach. As we were waiting before it started, I looked up and saw a rainbow...it started from the ocean side, and then the arc continued to grow until it was over Aulani. I am NOT making this up, nor is this a photo-shopped image. Talk about auspicious beginnings!

Aulani Grand Opening - Day 3

Behind us, the sun was starting to set.

Aulani Grand Opening - Day 3

Aulani Grand Opening - Day 3


As it got darker we could see more of the colorful light projections on the walls of Aulani.

Aulani Grand Opening - Day 3

Aulani Grand Opening - Day 3


Here's a few still images from the ceremony, which featured Hawaiian music and dancers, including the chant composed for Aulani.

Aulani Grand Opening - Day 3

Aulani Grand Opening - Day 3

Aulani Grand Opening - Day 3

Aulani Grand Opening - Day 3

There was a rainbow to end the evening, too.

Aulani Grand Opening - Day 3

And some of the Aulani cast members stood on the balconies waving colorful banners.

Aulani Grand Opening - Day 3

Mickey, Minnie, Bob Iger, and Tom Staggs posed for photos with Halau Hula Olana, the children's hula group that participated in the ceremony. (Aren't they adorable?)

Aulani Grand Opening - Day 3

The light show on the building continued for a while after the ceremony ended.

Aulani Grand Opening - Day 3

Aulani Grand Opening - Day 3


It was a great evening.

(Click on the YouTube logo at the bottom of each video to watch the full-resolution version)




Disclosure: As an invited media guest, AllEars' travel expenses to the Aulani Grand Opening event were paid by the Disney company.



The previous post in this blog was Aulani Grand Opening - Day 2.

The next post in this blog is Blue Sky Cellar Update - Imagineering Buena Vista Street.

Comments (1)

Lorie:

Your reports have been wonderful! Thank you for all the time and thought you've been putting into them. I have to admit being green with envy - Hawaii is just such an amazing place. I agree with your father about the air there; it's so different from anywhere else - the feel, the smells, ahhhh.....

PS - your photos are great too. The rainbow one is awesome!

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