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Makahiki

Breakfast

Makahiki’s character breakfast has changed from a buffet to what they are terming a “3-course meal,” pastries and fruit count as 2 of the courses. The restaurant is open daily.  Pricing is as follows:  Adults 50.00, Children (Ages 3-9) 29.00

If you are an adult who is a fan of Mickey waffles, you can order the belgian waffles off the adult menu and ask your server to change them to Mickey waffles. They’ll give you 4 Mickey waffles to make up for the size difference, two regular and two red velvet Minnie ones. You can also ask to get some of the macadamia nut sauce that they serve with the pancakes.

For the character breakfast, when you first approach the front desk, they’ll ask you for your name and confirm your reservation, then you get led out to the ‘Olelo room patio where Mickey and Minnie are waiting up on the stage to take pictures with you.  There is a photopass photographer there, those pictures will be brought to your table during your meal. The package was $35 for a single printed photo or for all the photos in digital downloadable format. There was also a $45 package that includes both. The photographer is not allowed to take your photo with your camera, but they will step aside for you to take your own photos.

Once you are finished taking photos, you go back to the desk and they’ll ask you to wait on the side for someone to take you to your table. When they come to collect you, you are led past Goofy and Pluto who are behind the old buffet tables, acting as if they are cooking your meal. Of course, they are always ready to pause their labors and mug for your camera. After a few photos, you are led to your table.

One plate of fruit per person  (we got kiwi, melon, pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries) is brought out along with a basket of pastries (croissant, cinnamon roll, blueberry muffin, and apple croissant).  We were dining with 3 people and got two pastry baskets, but one of us was a child so perhaps that affected things.  The fruit was surprisingly good.  In the past, most of the fruit we’ve gotten at Aulani has been under-ripe, but this was all perfect and delicious.

Your server will arrive and introduce themselves and get your drink orders.  The beverages are not listed anywhere, instead, your server will rattle off a long list including coffee, tea, all the standard sodas, many types of juice (pineapple, guava, passion-orange-guava (POG), apple, orange, etc), milk and chocolate milk. They say it many times a day, so pay attention because they say it fast.  The included beverages are bottomless.  I highly recommend the plantation iced tea, your server is unlikely to mention it, but it’s a mix of iced tea and pineapple juice that is a wonderful blend of the bite of tea and the sweetness of pineapple.  We noticed that the adults were served their drinks in glasses while children were given theirs in to-go cups with lids and paper straws.  You get the menu by scanning a QR code sticker that is stuck to your table. When the server comes back with your drinks, you place your food order.

During your meal, an Aunty or Uncle will be playing music and entertaining the guests. They do take requests, like if it’s someones birthday, they’ll sing the happy birthday song.  I think we heard that song about 5 times while we were there.  You can hear them throughout the restaurant regardless of where you are seated.  Note that if your reservation is among the last of the morning, it’s likely Aunty or Uncle will finish their shift before you are done, so if you want a picture of them or to make a request, do it early in your meal lest they leave.  While the picture below shows Uncle behind a shield, this was during covid, they don’t do that anymore.

When you are finishing up, the server will bring out containers and a bag for any leftovers you want to take with you. Given the sheer volume of food between the fruit, pastries, and your entree, it’s likely you will be taking some of it with you. Our server offered to top off our (non-alcoholic, included) beverages and put them in to-go cups. If your server doesn’t do this, just ask.

Dinner

This is non-character table service dining.  Dinner is a three course prix-fixe menu consisting of one starter, one entrée and one dessert. The children’s meal is the same, but also includes a milk or bottled water.
Adults $75.00
Children (Ages 3-9) $30.

The menu below is from Disney’s official Aulani site. Go there to see the beverage menu (which spans another 10 pages).

 

Reservations

For all dining reservations, call the resort at 808-674-6200 starting at 30 days out.  You can also make your reservation online at https://www.disneyaulani.com/dining/reservation/.   Reservations are strongly recommended.  Party size is currently limited to 9 people or less. If your group is larger than 9 people, you will need to make separate reservations, but there is no guarantee you will be seated near each other.

Just a heads up regarding making your reservation online.  When we did it, it showed a page with our confirmation code, but unlike other dining reservations we’ve made online at Disney in the past, we did not get an email confirmation, nor did the reservation show up in any of our Disney accounts (ex: the Aulani app, My Disney Experience, etc).  We ended up calling to make sure the reservation existed and the cast member confirmed that it did.   We also noticed other folks mentioning the same problem on various groups and message boards, so the issue isn’t isolated to us.  All that said, I recommend printing out the confirmation page that displays when your reservation is made, so you at least have some form of proof should questions arise.

Dress Code

The dress code is casual, but a shirt and shoes (slippers/flip-flops/sandals are fine) are required. If you are wearing your swim suit, a coverup is needed.  Costumes may not be worn by Guests 14 years of age or older.  Disney doesn’t really specify the dress code other than that and the following list of things that are not allowed.

Attire that is not appropriate includes, but is not limited to:

  • Clothing with objectionable material, including obscene language or graphics
  • Excessively torn clothing or loose-fitting clothing which may drag on the ground and create a potential trip hazard
  • Clothing which, by nature, exposes excessive portions of the skin that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment
  • Visible tattoos that could be considered inappropriate, such as those containing objectionable language or designs
  • Wedding attire including, but not limited to, white gowns, vails, tuxedos and other types of formal attire

Parking

If you are intend to dine at Makahiki as a non-resort guest when it becomes available, validated parking is available Mondays through Thursdays for up to 2.5 hours when you spend $50 or more at Makahiki. Be sure to bring your parking ticket to breakfast. Be aware that the $50 must all be on one receipt, you cannot combine receipts.

There are 3 seating areas.  The first is entirely indoors.  Aunty or Uncle, an entertainer who plays the ukulele, sings, and entertains the crowd, is behind a glass panel on one end of the room.  On the other end is where Goofy and Pluto are for picture taking on character breakfast days.

The second area is a covered patio.  It’s brighter as the cover allows daylight in, but it is less themed than either of the other two locations.  While still nice, this is my personal least favorite area to be seated.

The third is an outdoors area where all the tables have umbrellas.  Some tables are located next to the koi pond and some tables have a view of the Mickey Mouse meet and greet location.  This could be upsetting for young children who don’t understand why Mickey is “right there” but they can’t go see him.  On a nice day, this is my personal favorite location to be seated, particularly if we’re next to the koi pond.  The pond could potentially be another source of stress to parents of young children as there really isn’t anything preventing them from jumping or falling in.