Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa was celebrated with the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s highest honor–the Tourism Legacy Award.
The award was presented at the 2018 Global Tourism Summit. The Tourism Legacy Award focuses on businesses and organizations that celebrate Hawaiian culture. Hawaiian Airlines received the honor alongside Aulani.
This year, the honorees were chosen because of their efforts in helping to integrate Hawaiian language into everyday life.
At Disney’s Aulani, visitors and native Hawaiians alike gather in the ‘Olelo Room. ‘Olelo means “word” or “to converse.” The ‘Olelo Room is a place where people come together to listen to Hawaiian music played by award-winning musicians and to speak ‘Olelo Hawaii (Hawaiian language). Those who want to learn the language come to the ‘Olelo Room to hear it spoken and to learn the language themselves. Around the room, common objects are labeled with the word for them in ‘Olelo Hawaii. For example, chairs are labeled “Noho,” and tables are labeled “Pakaukau.”
The ‘Olelo Room embodies Aulani Resort‘s dedication to celebrating the language and culture of Hawaii. It’s also a big part of the reason Aulani was honored with the Tourism Legacy Award.