Makahiki reopened for breakfasts starting May 7th. The restaurant is open daily, but characters are only there on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The breakfast has changed from a buffet to a 3-course meal, pastries and fruit are counted as 2 of the courses. We went on a Saturday at 11AM. This is the last time slot of the day so it wasn’t very busy. Your experience may be more hurried if you are going at a busier time of day.
Upon our arrival at the Makahiki check in desk, we were first asked our room number but since we had just arrived at the resort, we didn’t yet have one, so they asked us for our name and they confirmed our reservation that way. Next, they took the temperature of everyone in your party by scanning our wrists. After that, we were led out to the ‘Olelo room patio where Mickey and Minnie were waiting up on the stage to take pictures with us. There was a photopass photographer there, who ended up taking 12 photos. He also stepped aside and told us we could take our own photos, but he couldn’t take any for us.
After taking photos, we were sent back to the desk and they asked us to wait on the side for someone to take us to our table. After a few minutes, our guide said we were going to meet two of the chefs and we were led down a hallway which used to be where the buffet was located. At the end of the hallway, Goofy and Pluto were there behind some of the old buffet stations, acting as if they were cooking. Of course, they stopped take some photos with us and then we were led to our table. That was our final interaction with characters for the meal, although we could see them from our seats.
The menu was viewed by scanning a QR code sticker that was stuck to our table. We ordered the kid’s Mickey and Minnie waffle, the cinnamon bun french toast, and the hawaiian-style loco moco.
While we waited, we reveled in the lovely setting and listened to Uncle. I think we heard the Happy Birthday song about 5 times while we were there. We noticed it went silent after a while though and realized Uncle had left for the day. There was still the lovely background music that plays all over Aulani to set the mood.
When we were finishing up, the server brought out containers and a bag for our leftovers. For us, that was some fruit, pastries, and one Mickey waffle. Our server offered to top off our (non-alcoholic) beverages and put them in to-go cups. The bill came out to $150.78 before tip, for 2 adults and one child. While the expense makes it something I wouldn’t do frequently, particularly without the draw of characters wandering the restaurant for up-close interaction, it was a lovely start to our stay and I’m glad we did it.
For images of the restaurant and more information, see our Makahiki page.