On a recent outing to Ko Olina, we enjoyed lunch and a stroll through the impressive grounds of Disney’s newly built Aulani Resort. It’s no theme park, but with a waterpark-like pool area, cheery cast members and the occasional Mickey Mouse sighting, you can still feel a bit of Disney magic in the air.
‘Ama ‘Ama is a beachfront restaurant combining breathtaking views, a laid-back retro interior and standard but tastefully done menu offerings. As soon as you enter the restaurant, your eyes are guided straight through to the panoramic ocean blue:
For lunch we enjoyed a fun presentation of Kahuku Corn Chowder ($9.00): the potage is poured into a bowl over bacon powder, lomi salmon, and taro chips, to be stirred together.
Chargrilled Vegetable Sandwich ($12.00): portabello mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini on focaccia with basil aioli. Served with field greens.
Today’s Hawaiian Sustainable Catch (Fish) Tacos, $19.00, with slaw and salsa, served with sweet potato fries. This was refreshing and light, with fresh cilantro. The sweet potato fries were addictive.
Grilled Sirloin Steak ($24.00) with sauteed mushrooms and sweet potato fries.
Lilikoi Meringe Mousse with Caramelized Bananas ($10.00): this was delicious and just the right size!
Spacious Ko Olina Resort is a nice escape from the usual where you can experience a neighbor island feel without having to hop on a plane. Whether you go for lunch or for the weekend, you’re sure to go home feeling refreshed and relaxed.
MENU: View the menus on their website
PARKING: Complimentary self-parking for up to 4 hours with dining validation (minimum $35.00 purchase)
Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
92-1185 Ali’inui Drive
Kapolei, HI 96707