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Egg White Vegetable Frittata Recipe from Aulani with Macadamia Nut Pesto

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Mornings at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, are wonderful, especially because of the abundance of delicious breakfast options. You can choose to indulge in a fantastic breakfast buffet at Makahiki, dine on classics and island specialities at ‘AMA‘AMA, or just pick up light breakfast items from Ulu Cafe. You can even have breakfast delivered to your hotel room through room service!

Aulani’s talented chefs created an island-inspired frittata with egg whites and vegetables, topped with a homemade macadamia nut pesto and cheese and it is delicious! Check out the cooking demo video and full recipe for the egg white vegetable frittata recipe from Aulani below. Enjoy!

Egg White Vegetable Frittata Recipe from Aulani with Macadamia Nut Pesto
Serves 4

MACADAMIA NUT PESTO
1 cup tightly packed basil leaves
3 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. chopped macadamia nuts
2 cloves garlic
6 tbsp. olive oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

EGG WHITE FRITTATA
1 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup diced eggplant
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced mushroom
1/4 cup diced zucchini
1/4 cup diced artichoke heart
1/4 cup diced tomato
16 egg whites
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup goat cheese
1/2 cup basil pesto

FOR MACADAMIA NUT PESTO:

  1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until smooth.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

FOR EGG WHITE FRITTATA:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease four (8-ounce) individual casserole dishes with butter. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium sauté pan for 5 minutes, until hot.
  3. Sauté eggplant in the oil for 2 minutes. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes, until it begins to soften.
  4. Add mushrooms, zucchini, artichoke heart, and tomato and sauté for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Place 4 egg whites in each casserole dish. Add 1/4 of the vegetables to each dish.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, until eggs are set.
  7. Top each frittata with 1/4 cup of mozzarella, 1 tablespoon of goat cheese, and 2 tablespoons of pesto. Bake for 3-5 minutes, until cheese begins to brown.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

New Kakamora Chaos with Moana Experience at Aulani, a Disney Resort in Hawaii

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Moana’s travels take her to many exciting destinations – and one of her favorites is Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Starting today, guests can visit with the Disney heroine during a new premium experience!

During “Kakamora Chaos with Moana” at Aunty’s Beach House, Moana is eager to learn more about her new friends, especially the games they play. During the interactive 90-minute experience, young guests will learn to play children’s games from Hawai‘i, as well as a game from Moana’s home island of Motunui: the Kakamora Relay!*

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There are other fun ways to see Moana during her visits to Aulani Resort. Guests can join Moana and Aulani Resort’s beloved storyteller “Uncle” as they share the importance of the canoe—or wa‘a—during Kahakai Canoe Racing. The interactive activity concludes after building a canoe model and racing in the lagoon!

In the evenings, resort guests may choose to wind down around the fire pit as Moana and Uncle recount tales of adventure during Mo‘olelo Firepit Storytelling. Guests attending the the resort’s KA WA‘A lū‘au will also be delighted when Moana makes a special appearance during the lively pre-show, which pays homage to the incredible journey the Hawaiian people made across the ocean.

*Advance reservations for Kakamora Chaos with Moana are strongly recommended. Please call the Reservation Center at (808) 674-6200. This premium experience is available at an additional charge.

(Thanks Disney Parks Blog)

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Special Activities for Halloween 2017 at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii

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If you’re heading to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa this month, there is an exciting lineup of special entertainment and activities for you to celebrate Halloween 2017 at Aulani, Disney’s Hawaiian resort. Here are a few not-to-miss experiences in October:

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October 24-25, 2017

  • ‘Ohana Pumpkin Carving Contest: Families are invited to choose their pumpkin and carve their unique creations. Sculpted “monster-pieces” will be placed on display in the Pau Hana Community Hall for resort guests to view and cast their votes. Winners and prizes will be awarded during ‘Ohana Movie Night on Oct. 26. TIP: Reservations are encouraged for this premium activity. Call ahead to reserve your pumpkin!

October 29-30, 2017

  • Keiki Pumpkin Decorating: Little ones can pick their own mini pumpkins from our Pau Hana Pumpkin Patch. Our team will supply crafting tools for no-carve decorating.

October 31, 2017

  • Halloween Aloha-Style Dance Party: The Halawai Lawn will transform into a spooky-fun dance party on Halloween evening. Come dressed up for craft activities, games, face painting and of course, dancing with Disney friends!
  • Aulani Resort Trick-or-Treating: Guests staying at Aulani Resort for the night can trick-or-treat at locations throughout the resort. “Treasure” maps can be picked up at the Hālāwai Lawn before heading out!

Throughout the month of October, look out for your favorite Disney pals in their Halloween costumes. And on select evenings during ‘Ohana Movie Nights, family-friendly Halloween films will be screened on the Halawai Lawn.

Be sure to check the Daily ‘Iwa for more details on our Halloween activities!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Enjoy Authentic Hawaiian Arts and Crafts at Aulani’s Ka Wa’a Luau

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One of my favorite parts of KA WA‘A lu‘au at Aulani Resort actually happens before the show. When guests arrive for the luau, they will be greeted by hosts and hostesses with a special lei. Then, guests will be encouraged to mingle around the resort’s Halawai Lawn as live music and performers set the tone for the evening. Also available during this time are various traditional arts and crafts at Aulani’s Ka Wa’a luau for guests to not only observe, but also participate.

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Be sure to check out the following Hawaiian arts and crafts at Aulani’s Ka Wa’a Luau:

Na Pua U‘i (The Pretty Flowers): You’ll learn the traditional art of stringing lei (or flower garlands) together, creating your very own to adorn your neck or wrist. Or, you can present the lei as a special token of aloha to a loved one.

Pa‘i ‘Ai (Pounded Taro): After observing the traditional mashing of cooked taro into a thick paste called pa‘i ‘ai, join in and experience the effort it takes to make poi the traditional way.

Kapala (Printing): Intricately carved bamboo stamps called ‘ohe kapala were traditionally used to decorate and embellish fine kapa (bark cloth). Create your own keepsake on a card using stamps inspired by traditional patterns of nature.

Kakau (Tattooing): Pick a kakau design and have a local artisan draw by hand on your arms, legs or even face! You’ll experience a contemporary take on the painstaking age-old practice of a traditional body art.

KA WA‘A lu‘au is offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings at Aulani Resort. What activities are you looking forward to experiencing?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Disney Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards

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Disney Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards

Disney recently announced that Disney Parks & Resorts have once again been named among the top destinations around the world to stay and play in the 29th annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. These awards celebrate the best of the best in travel according to travelers just like you.

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  • Walt Disney World Resort:
    • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
    • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
    • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
    • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
    • Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
    • Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • Disneyland Resort:
    • Disneyland Hotel
    • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
  • Disney Vacation Club:
    • Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Creating unforgettable vacation experiences for our guests is only made possible by the commitment of Disney’s cast and crew, and this recognition is a testament to their excellence in maintaining quality standards and innovating the guest experience.

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To date, Disney Parks & Resorts around the world have been recognized more than 60 times by Condé Nast Traveler. It is awards like these that inspire Disney to work harder to continue living up to even higher guest expectations.

This story originally appeared on the Disney Parks Blog.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Experience a New Luau at Aulani and Meet Moana Beginning in November

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Experience a New Luau at Aulani and Meet Moana Beginning in November

As Hawaii’s top family beach resort celebrates its 5th anniversary this year, Disney recently announced new guest experiences that will debut later this year at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa! You will have the opportunity to experience a new luau at Aulani and even meet Moana from Disney’s upcoming film “Moana” beginning in November.

Starting in November, KA WA‘A, a luau at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa will bring epicurean dining and imaginative entertainment to guests. Luau guests can feast on a sumptuous, local island buffet, and enjoy lively music and traditional Hawaiian dance, including hula kahiko and modern hula ‘auana. Before the luau, you will have the opportunity to enjoy special pre-show entertainment, family activities, traditional crafts and more.

MOANA is an adventurous, tenacious and compassionate 16-year-old who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way, she discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker ("The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "The Princess & the Frog") and featuring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Moana" sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

MOANA is an adventurous, tenacious and compassionate 16-year-old who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way, she discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”) and featuring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Also in November, Moana, from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film “Moana,” will arrive at Aulani Resort to meet with guests and recount tales of adventure. The animated feature film is about an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui, sails out on a canoe for a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and save her people.

Both new experiences are inspired by Hawaii’s deep cultural roots in canoe exploration—a voyage which brought Hawaiian ancestors to the beautiful ‘Ewa Loa plains surrounding Aulani Resort. As you may have seen in Aulani Resort Ambassador Janelle’s post from earlier today, we also debuted a one-sixth model of the Polynesian voyaging canoe—the Hokule‘a—in the Maka‘ala Lobby.

What are you looking forward to on your next vacation to Aulani Resort?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

4th Night Free and Free Breakfast at Aulani in Early 2015

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Whether we’re ready or not, the air is getting cooler and winter is quickly approaching. After the brutal winter and polar vortex much of the country experience last year, you may be thinking about a tropical getaway this year! A great way to escape the cold is with a tropical vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, in Hawaii. There’s a special offer this winter to make it even more affordable to visit! You can get the 4th night free and free breakfast at Aulani in early 2015.

The longer that you stay at Aulani to enjoy snorkeling in Rainbow Reef or relaxing in the infinity pool at Ka Maka Landing this winter, the more that you will save!

When you book a four night stay at Aulani, you will enjoy the fourth night free as well as a complimentary daily breakfast at the Ulu Cafe. If you think that your family could use a little extra time at Laniwai Spa or Aunty’s Beach House, then you will enjoy 30% off a minimum five night stay as well as complimentary daily breakfast at Ulu Cafe.

You can book your Aulani vacation with one of these offers through February 23, 2015 for travel most nights between January 4, 2015 and March 23, 2015.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationstoexplore.com for more information. 

Top 5 Hawaiian Words to Know for Your Family’s Hawaiian Vacation

Aloha! Are you planning a Hawaiian vacation or would you like to? There is a beautiful Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii called Aulani. Aulani is in Ko Olina on the island of Oahu. If you are visiting the Hawaiian islands, it’s a good idea to learn the top 5 Hawaiian words to know before your family’s vacation!

The Aulani Cultural Advisor, Kahulu De Santos, has recommend the five most useful expressions that every Aulani guest should know.

1. Aloha – “Hello”

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Aloha is the Hawaiian word that you will use most during a visit to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa or any Hawaiian island. From the moment you arrive, the spirit of aloha is alive in every cast member interaction. The cool thing about this Hawaiian word is that it also can mean “goodbye.” So, aloha can be used to both begin and end a conversation!

2. E komo mai – “Welcome”

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Just as Walt Disney said when Disneyland park was dedicated, “To all who come to this happy place: Welcome,” a welcoming spirit is the foundation for all Disney Parks & Resorts. Aulani is no exception and a truly beautiful example of that spirit.

3. ‘Ohana – “Family”

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If you have seen Lilo and Stitch, this one may already be familiar to you! There is a plethora of activities available for your entire family to enjoy at Aulani. A few guest favorites include Disney Family Fun Animation, ‘Ohana Hula and of course, the Aulani Starlit Hui.

4. Keiki – “Child” or “Children”

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Disney Characters, Aunty’s Beach House and Keiki Cove are just three of the options available for your kids, or keiki (pronounced kay-key), to enjoy during your vacation at Aulani. Even as keiki grow older, there are daily tween and teen activities that allow every member of your ‘ohana (family) to meet new friends and take home treasured experiences.

5. Mahalo – “Thank You”

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Mahalo is another Hawaiian word that is used frequently during visits. Cast members at Aulani often thank guests for visiting Aulani by saying, “Mahalo!”

Hopefully these expressions help you and your ‘ohana feel at home during your Aulani vacation!

Would you like to plan a Hawaiian vacation? We can help!

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Enter to Win the Disney Frozen Fight The Freeze Sweepstakes

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You can enter for your chance to win the Disney Frozen Fight the Freeze sweepstakes by Disney Movie Rewards.

The grand prize winner will receive a five day, four night vacation package for four to Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, in Hawaii that includes:

  • Round trip coach airfare
  • Hotel accommodations at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
  • Ground transportation in O’ahu between the airport and Aulani
  • A $500 Resort credit

There will also be fifty first prize winners that will receive an 18 inch Olaf plush from the Disney Store. Fifty second prize winners will be chosen to receive a one-year subscription to Disney Princess magazine. There will also be twenty-five third prize winners selected to receive a Disney Frozen two-book set from Disney Publishing Worldwide.

You can enter the Fight the Freeze sweepstakes here now through June 30, 2014. You must be a Disney Movie Rewards member, a legal resident of the United States or Canada, and at least 13 years of age or older. If you don’t have an account, you can always create a free account to enter the sweepstakes.

Frozen will be available on Digital HD on February 25 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack on March 18.

Have you seen Disney’s Frozen yet? What did you think?

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Up to $500 Resort Credit at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, in Hawaii

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You can now receive up to a $500 resort credit at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, in Hawaii. Located on Oahu, Aulani is the perfect tropical getaway for families. With pools, activities, and the only private snorkeling lagoon on the island, there’s something for every member of the family to enjoy at Aulani.

For a limited time, when you purchase a minimum 4-night stay in a 1 or 2 bedroom villa at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawai’i, you will enjoy a $500 Resort credit. Or, you will receive a $400 Resort credit when you purchase a minimum 4-night stay in a deluxe studio or hotel room.

With these great offers, you can use your resort credit toward dining, shopping, Laniwai Spa, beach-side rentals, island excursions and more. Plus, that’s on top of all that is already included in an Aulani vacation!

Book these special offers now through March 31, 2014, for stays most nights April 23 through June 16, 2014. However, this offer is limited so guarantee your vacation now!

Siera is a Disney travel specialist and Hawaii Destinations Specialist. She can help you plan the Hawaiian getaway of your dreams. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationstoexplore.com for more information.