We are here, Live at Aulani! and I am live blogging it for all you folks on the mainland, in the cold, work and otherwise not vacation modes. But don't worry I'm sure your trip counter is slowly winding its way down to single digits, while mine is now growing to a large number i won't want to think about until this summer! Here is my flickr photo stream to keep up with photos. http://flic.kr/s/aHsjxWDr5g My DW Andrea (27) and me (29) arrived after an exhausting flight from Denver at 8pm to Las Vegas at 930PM. Then we caught a really RED EYE flight from Las Vegas 130AM arriving in HNL at 530AM We should have paid for a nonstop flight is all I'm going to say! We rented a jeep from Alamo, and since I lived on this island for 10 years and haven't been back since 2004 I was fairly sure I could navigate without a map. I did fine. We arrived at Aulani when most guests are still sleeping, 715AM and did not get our flavored water and lei upon arrival. They checked us in, gave us our lei's and valet managed our Jeep for free, until we could get a Key to Aulani card to use at the self parking. We then wearily wondered the resort in our jeans and dropped off our carry ons at the Late Checkout lounge. This is an amazing lounge that is very useful for all guests, but you don't need a room key to get in, so if locals are smart they would use the bathroom, watch football and use the free lockers all day. Which they did. I also suspect that due to the weekend all the locals using the Pool and slides was high, but will drop off significantly starting today. We went to Waikiki to grab lunch at Wolfgang Puck express (as it is one of our must hits in WDW, but its not the same.) Seriously. A Kama' aina (local) tip when going to Waikiki, park at the Zoo on Kapahulu avenue for $1/hr and walk into Waiks its what all the locals do anyway. We also hit Ala Moana and bought our Hawaii Tiki Vinylmations. We drove around the east side of the island, checking out my homes and high school in Hawaii Kai, went down memory lane and drove past Hanuma Bay along the cliffs. I stopped to do some whale watching and show my DW some amazing views. Then we took the Pali back into town and went to Target to get some milk, Kona beers (a six pack for the cost of a pint at Aulani, and you have a bottle opener in your room) and we got the text that our room was ready. We got room 711 an island view in the Waianae tower, which is moved hotel and DVC. Its a great view as you can see from the photo stream http://flic.kr/s/aHsjxWDr5g . We put on our swimwear grabbed a towel and our wristband and stoked out a great shady spot. We went on the lazy river and enjoyed it. Then we moved to a prime sunset viewing spot in front of Ama Ama and got some grinds from One Paddle Two Paddle. This QS is hard to find, tucked back by Aunty's Beach house, the service was defiantly on par with MK QS staff, quick, uncaring and not interested in you more then they have to be. I got the Fish Tacos (O paka paka) and the wife got the Kalua Pork sandwich. She need BBQ sauce cause it was bland and my tacos were good, not great. The food on day one was, ehhh not that great. We then explored some more, bought a lot of Aulani Vnylmations at Kalepepe Store and knocked out in our beds. First impressions of Aulani are amazing hotel with some definite growing pains. We did notice that while the cast are great, they are defiantly missing that Disney spark, I'd call it Pixie Dust. We put on our Pins and Lanyards to walk around the resort at night and we were looked at like we were freaks. The hidden mickey's are few and far between and we just our missing some of the Disney touches. Its defiantly a hint of Mickey and not a splash, just something we would like more of, but we are kind of Disney freaks. Day 2 will come later, but for now I got to catch some sun and sand! Aloha!