October 19, 2012 - Maka'ika'i: The Nature and Wildlife of Aulani for Adults

Checking out the Daily 'Iwa, again, the Aulani's daily newspaper with a schedule of activities, I saw that they were having a tour called "Maka'ika'i: The Nature and Wildlife of Aulani for Adults" (actually, "Maka'ika'i" is the loose translation for "tour").  The tour focused primarily on the plant life at the Aulani and it was quite a fantastic and informative tour.

Our tour guide began by telling us about the Waikohole Valley and the meaning of "Waikohole" being "mischievous waters."  With that, she said that throughout the resort, because of the waikohole, things are not always as they seem and that you may take a second glance and see something else.  She also told us of a Hawaiian proverb - ʻAʻole pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi.  Basically, what it means is that not all knowledge is learned in one school.  So, what she might tell us might be different from what somebody else tells you and that we should take this knowledge not as definitive, but to enhance our learning.  I loved this proverb.


She showed us some of the hidden animals within the stonework of the hotel.  She pointed out that all the animals, as I've previously mentioned, are all ones that are native to the islands...




One of the plants that you'll find throughout Hawaii is the red ginger...


We learned that the torches throughout the Aulani are kept alive through the oil of the kukui nut...


She actually picked up a kukui nut growing at the Aulani and showed us what one looked like...


She showed us the instruments on display on the grounds of the Aulani and showed us how they were created with gourds and other native plants and trees...


And, nearby the instruments, she showed us the kapa, a cloth made from various tree and plant life.  Kapa making is a traditional art steeped in Hawaiian culture...


We walked by one of the ponds where she pointed out the many koi fish swimming throughout...


And, she showed us, on one of the rocks, one of the most difficult Hidden Mickeys to find anywhere.  It was so hidden that I couldn't even tell you where we saw it outside of it being somewhere in the Waikohole Valley.  Okay, I can also narrow it down to an area on a lawn closer to the Maka'ala side and on the way to the Wai'anae Tower.  LOL!  


She also showed us a local plant (and I wish I could remember the name of it), but one that I've seen in various locations throughout my stays on Oahu, which are often used to make lei po'o (headpiece) for hula dancers...




I thought that the plant was really cool looking...almost like something Mary Blair would have designed or Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland.

It was a wonderful tour that I very much enjoyed.  You realize how the Native Hawaiians really utilized the plant life to its fullest for everything from eating to lighting torches to creating clothing.  It really makes you appreciate the culture even more as well as how nicely Disney Imagineers incorporated these things into the resort.
 

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  1. You know, how they run the Aulani sounds a lot like the Cruise Line.
    You have a daily news paper, tours of various things, and the kids club that even allows adults at selet times! Same on the Cruise!

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  2. I would imagine that they use a similar template since the cruises, parks and resorts are all run by the same division of Disney.

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