Auntie Kau’i Still Teaching the Hula to Guests at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

If you've been at Disney's Polynesian Village at any time since the resort opened, you may have had a chance to interact with Auntie Kau'i.

Anake "Auntie" Kau'i Brandt has been a part of the hotel for more than 30 years and was recently featured as one of Central Florida's Most Fascinating People by the Orlando Sentinel.

The 82 year old was born in Honolulu in 1932 and came to Florida in 1971 to help open the Polynesian and she's been there ever since.

While still living in Hawaii, Brandt learned hula from some of the top dancers in Hawaii and was asked to bring a show to Disneyland several times.

When she came to Florida in 1971 she helped the Polynesian launch the luaus that guests still enjoy today.

These days guests will find Auntie Kau'i working as a cultural representative at the Polynesian Village Resort, handing out leis and teaching the hula to guests. She's truly a Disney treasure.

Do you have any special memories of "Auntie" Kau'i from your Disney trips? If so please leave a comment below and share your story.


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