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Disney to expand Aulani resort

By Kristen Consillio

LAST UPDATED: 05:32 p.m. HST, Aug 29, 2012

<br />Bruce Asato / basato@staradvertiser.com<br />@Caption1:A lobby lanai overlooks the central pool and restaurant area at <br />Disney's Aulani Resort. At right, Hawaiiana designs adorn the ceiling of a hallway near the <br />entrance to the resort.<br />

Walt Disney Co. will begin a major expansion project next month at its first Hawaii resort in West Oahu, a year after its opening.

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa will add a third pool, splash zone, two food stations and retail space to its Hawaiian-themed offerings on 21 beachfront acres in Ko Olina.

Construction will start Sept. 10 and coincide with the final build out of the resort opening in mid-2013, the company said in a press release Wednesday. The cost of the project wasn’t disclosed.

Along with the expansion, the resort is temporarily closing its Wailana pool and bar in October through the duration of the construction. Its Makai Preserve stingray pond will permanently shut down for the new amenities.

The Waikolohe pool, two slides, a lazy river and Rainbow Reef snorkel experience will remain open.

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NanakuliBoss wrote:
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on August 29,2012 | 06:00PM
kennysmith wrote:
i do also think it is to all Berging to.
on August 29,2012 | 06:45PM
soundofreason wrote:
on August 29,2012 | 07:14PM
aomohoa wrote:
What a stupid comment.
on August 29,2012 | 08:27PM
Kokoy wrote:
Taxpayer money being spent on this project whilst Da Bus is being cut, where is Berg.
on August 29,2012 | 06:52PM
aomohoa wrote:
What the hell does this have to have to do with the taxpayers? You must be joking!
on August 29,2012 | 08:33PM
Kokoy wrote:
(that was a joke)
on August 29,2012 | 06:52PM
aomohoa wrote:
Oh, I just got it. LOL!
on August 29,2012 | 08:33PM
LadyNinja wrote:
Folks, Berg cannot comment, for fear of being without a paycheck. What a crazy place we live in huh? Only this can happen in Hawaii.
on August 29,2012 | 07:36PM
Kaleo744 wrote:
Common on people why do you think Aulani hired Todd Apo?" answer..so he can push for (if not already) all of the needed permits through his buddies on the council...thats how it works...in my opinion...just my opinion
on August 29,2012 | 08:19PM
walaau808 wrote:
Isn't this a good thing? More construction work, more permanent jobs...I don't see what the problem is in providing work for the locals.
on August 29,2012 | 08:53PM
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