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Old 02-04-2013, 01:17 PM   #16
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I just booked my cabana for June and she had all the dates I had requested, but I only booked for one day. I did request certain cabanas but she said the quiet pool was closed until summer and didn't give a specific date She said the way it works is someone will call the day before to assign the cabanas and they are on first come first serve basis but you will get one that day. You can cancel up to one day before. They are currently only doing full days right now.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:37 PM   #17
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We rented a cabana for 2 days on our trip in June, last year. Found it well worth the price. The pool gets very crowded and there are not a lot of umbrellas for shade. Having a place to be without having to fight for a chair and shade made it worth the money.

We spent 2 full days just hanging at the pool and the time flew by. Previous posters are correct. It is first come, first served for choice of cabana locations. The sooner you are on the list the higher your priority.

The first day we were booked we had 2nd choice and the second day we got 1st choice. I do believe that if you cancel the day of your reservation there is a charge but you can cancel the day before. They maintain a waitlist for the cabanas and just add someone the day before.

The cabanas have drop down sides and an interior fan, tv, refrigerator and safe. They are close together but you can lower the side curtins and not really be bothered with the people next to you. That being said, we preferred the quiet pool, as at the time there were only 2 cabanas there and it was outside of the pool traffic flow.

If you can afford it I highly recommend the cabanas.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:46 PM   #18
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Did anyone get an email confirmation or confirmation #? I forgot to ask if I would receive anything, she did find my reservation on file.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:40 PM   #19
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We rented a cabana for 2 days on our trip in June, last year. Found it well worth the price. The pool gets very crowded and there are not a lot of umbrellas for shade. Having a place to be without having to fight for a chair and shade made it worth the money.

We spent 2 full days just hanging at the pool and the time flew by. Previous posters are correct. It is first come, first served for choice of cabana locations. The sooner you are on the list the higher your priority.

The first day we were booked we had 2nd choice and the second day we got 1st choice. I do believe that if you cancel the day of your reservation there is a charge but you can cancel the day before. They maintain a waitlist for the cabanas and just add someone the day before.

The cabanas have drop down sides and an interior fan, tv, refrigerator and safe. They are close together but you can lower the side curtins and not really be bothered with the people next to you. That being said, we preferred the quiet pool, as at the time there were only 2 cabanas there and it was outside of the pool traffic flow.

If you can afford it I highly recommend the cabanas.
Somebody else mentioned umbrellas for the beach...do you know if those are provided by the resort? Is there a fee for chairs & umbrellas on the beach or should we plan on just going to Costco or Target and buying a cheap one?

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Did anyone get an email confirmation or confirmation #? I forgot to ask if I would receive anything, she did find my reservation on file.
They only took my name when I called to reserve one....didn't even take our reservation number (and I offered it 3 times) so there's no way they could send me an email. This booking process doesn't seem to have much consistency.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:47 PM   #20
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If I remember there is a fee for the umbrellas and the lounge chairs down by the lagoon as all HI beaches are open to the public and anyone can go to the lagoon/beach near Aulani. I honestly didn't spend that much time at the ocean lagoon. I really enjoy jumping waves and/or surf and at Aulauni there are lagoons so no real surf. I preferred to hang out at the pool. There may be a DVC discount for the beach rentals. The Costco or the Target probably have umbrellas available as well.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:01 PM   #21
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Beach umbrealla rentals seem to be $15 half day and $40 full day. Cheaper to just go to Target and get one for your whole vacation. Thre is beach outside of the lagoons and if you walk right or left to go past the lagoons on either side. Don't know if there is good swimming there or not, but somebody else mentioned that there is lots of coral/rocks to the east.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:02 PM   #22
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Beach umbrellas are now complimentary, there used to be a fee for them about a year ago but they are free, first come first serve, and only 1 per room. The resort is contracted w/ the Ko Olina property to use umbrellas, umbrellas brought in by the public, or even resort guests are not allowed, and the shore patrol will ask you to remove it if you bring one. Best advice - if going to the beach for the day go before 10AM to make sure you get an umbrella.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:20 PM   #23
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When we were at Aulani in September 2012, the beach umbrellas were complimentary to Aulani guests. A CM from the Makiki Joe's beach rentals shack will dig a hole and place the umbrella whenever you want it on the beach. Here are photos of the rental board at the shack and a CM setting up our umbrella.



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Makiki Joe's will also give you a bunch of sand toys (shovels, pails, etc) and a boogie boards for free if you've got an Aulani room key. The other things (paddle boards etc) aren't free.
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Did anyone get an email confirmation or confirmation #? I forgot to ask if I would receive anything, she did find my reservation on file.
When I called for our Cabana I actually was only calling for the character breakfast and asked if I could book the Cabana with her as well (she could). So my reservation was already pulled up. We booked one towards the end of our stay in case construction is really awful (we would then cancel).

I did receive an email confirmation from the recreation team at Aulani that said the following:

Dear Jessica,
Thank you for reserving:

Date
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
9:00 AM
Service
9:00 am, Full Day of Cabana Rental


Enjoy your service,
Recreation at Aulani - PRODUCTION


Seems really inconsistent!
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:51 PM   #26
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They only took my name when I called to reserve one....didn't even take our reservation number (and I offered it 3 times) so there's no way they could send me an email. This booking process doesn't seem to have much consistency.[/QUOTE]

She pulled up my reservation by my name, I asked her if she needed my resv # and she said no she had my information up.
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They only took my name when I called to reserve one....didn't even take our reservation number (and I offered it 3 times) so there's no way they could send me an email. This booking process doesn't seem to have much consistency.
That is so strange because when I called yesterday I didn't have my reservation number and the concierge was insistent that he needed it. I told him I had read it wasn't necessary and he said he had to verify I was a guest because they were for guests only. He kept me on hold looking it up and had trouble finding it because I was a dvc member.
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Beach umbrellas are now complimentary, there used to be a fee for them about a year ago but they are free, first come first serve, and only 1 per room. The resort is contracted w/ the Ko Olina property to use umbrellas, umbrellas brought in by the public, or even resort guests are not allowed, and the shore patrol will ask you to remove it if you bring one. Best advice - if going to the beach for the day go before 10AM to make sure you get an umbrella.
That is great news about the umbrellas! However, I don't get the fact that you can't bring in your own umbrella, since all the beaches are public and the only "rule" I have read about the public beaches is you are not supposed to drink alcohol (like anybody pays attention to that rule ). But, I know that the Ko Olina is a private development entity, so perhaps they have special rules of their own that negate the state of Hawaii's rules and regulations.
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Public beaches. Private property. The Ko Olina developers are responsible for any safety on the beaches.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:19 AM   #30
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Sounds like this cabana reservation system IS very inconsistent. I didn't speak to the concierge desk. When the girl answered the main phone line I just told her why I was calling and she said she could help me. Perhaps I will call back later today to double check on it - just make sure somebody else sees my name on this mysterious list!! I think I would like an email confirmation like mom2aidanNpiper got!! Another question...do these casabella things hold 2 people?

Glad to see that the boogie boards and umbrellas are free (as I'm assuming are the beach lounge chairs)?! I may want more of a raft type thing to float on. I am assuming those could be found at the local Target.
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