Native Realities in an imaginary world: Contemporary Kanaka Maoli Art at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

Andrea Tamaira

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    Abstract

    On 22 September 2011, after three years of planning and construction and an expenditure of US$850 million, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa opened its doors to Hawai‘i’s public with a twilight ceremony that included a theatrical extravaganza of oli (Hawaiian chant), hula, a performance by Hawaiian singer/songwriter Keali‘i Reichel, and the presentation of a ceremonial ‘umeke (bowl), into which the Chairman and CEO of Walt Disney Company Bob Iger and the Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs poured sand and pixie dust to symbolise the joining of two cultures, Hawai‘i and Disney, respectively.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTouring Pacific Cultures
    Editors Kalissa Alexyeff and John Taylor
    Place of PublicationActon, Australia
    PublisherANU Press
    Pages167-181pp
    Edition1
    ISBN (Print)9781921862441
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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