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 Hawaiâ€˜iâ€™s public with a twilight ceremony that included a theatrical extravaganza of oli (Hawaiian chant), hula, a performance by Hawaiian singer/songwriter Kealiâ€˜i Reichel, and the presentation of a ceremonial â€˜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, Hawaiâ€˜i and Disney, respectively.
|Title of host publication||Touring Pacific Cultures|
|Editors||Kalissa Alexyeff and John Taylor|
|Place of Publication||Acton, Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|