What’s the Hawaiian Word for ‘Word’? Sip Cocktails and Learn Hawaiian at The ‘Ōlelo Room

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KO OLINA, Hawaii – Aulani is about discovery and fun, including entertaining ways to practice your Hawaiian language skills. In The ‘Ōlelo Room lounge, most everything is labeled with Hawaiian terms. And if guests need a little help, the bartenders all speak Hawaiian.

Appropriately named, ‘Ōlelo (pronounced oh-leh-low) is the Hawaiian word for “word, language or to converse,” making it the ideal place to enjoy becoming more conversant in Hawaiian. When guests look down, they’ll see papahele, the Hawaiian word for floor, spelled out in beautiful tile work.  Dozens of shadow boxes above the bar display wooden carvings of everyday objects labeled with their Hawaiian language terms: for instance, mokulele is airplane, wa’a is canoe, he’e is octopus, pu’uwai is heart.

Located in the main building on the lower level, the lounge has a design inspired by the “streamline moderne” style of the 1940s, emphasizing curving forms and long horizontal lines. The pub-like spot offers cocktails and small plates, as well as a daily continental breakfast.

Cool starters include pristine sashimi, ahi poke, a fresh shrimp summer roll and a cheese platter with both domestic and imported cheeses with Lehua honey and sweet pohā berry compote.  Hot plates include steamed Manila clams with Portuguese sausage and sweet gypsy peppers, squid rings, Kobe beef sliders and sweet potato fries. For a sweet ending, the miniature dessert sampler features chocolate mousse with a toasted brownie, coconut panna cotta with braised pineapple and macadamia nut cheesecake with guava pate de fruit.

Delightful cocktails such as the wild hibiscus sparkling Champagne, eco-tini, tropical mai tai and Big Island iced tea are among more than a dozen specialty drinks. If you prefer non-alcoholic, go for the pineapple ginger splash, passion colada, sparkling island spice cooler and/or liliko’i splash. Beer fans can choose from our local drafts as well as a selection of bottled beers.

More words you’ll find at ‘Ōlelo:

mai’a – banana

paikikala – bicycle

moku – boat

pahupa’iki’i – camera

waiūpa’a – cheese

moa – chicken

ao – clouds

niu – coconut

‘ilio – dog

pinao – dragonfly

pahu – drums

i’a – fish

pua – flower

kalipa aniani – glass slipper

pāpale – hat

mo’o – lizard

mahina – moon

mauna – mountain

‘iole – mouse

waha – mouth

kai – ocean

‘alani – orange

pua’a – pig

hala kahiki – pineapple

ānuenue – rainbow

pūpū – shell

palule – shirt

papa he’e nalu – surfboard

‘au’au – swimming

kelepona – telephone

palaki – toothbrush

kalaka – truck

lua pele – volcano

And some word pronunciations you might need to know at Aulani:

‘AMA’AMA restaurant (Ah-mah-Ah-mah)

Aulani (Ow-lah-nee)

Laniwai Spa (lah-nee-vai)

Maka’ala lobby (Mah-kah ah-lah)

Makahiki restaurant (Mah-kah-hee-kee)

Menehune Adventure Trail (Meh-neh-hoo-neh)

Waikolohe Valley (Wy-ko-loh-heh)



About Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
Aulani opened in August of 2011 and sits on 21 acres of beautiful oceanfront in Ko Olina, adjacent to a nine-acre, crystal-blue lagoon and white-sand beach. Ko Olina is 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki.

Uniquely designed for families and inspired by the wonders and traditions of Hawaii, Aulani is a family paradise with a touch of magic. Aulani offers kids, adults and families Hawaiian vacation experiences with a special magic that only Disney can create. Delightful rooms and spacious Disney Vacation Club villas, a perfect location on a beautiful beachfront lagoon, and renowned Disney service and enchanting entertainment let dreamers of every age savor their time together on Hawaii as never before.

For Aulani reservations, guests may visit www.disneyaulani.com or call (866) 44-DISNEY