Best of Honolulu 2012: Celebrations

“Hey kids! Can you say, ‘Brand-new, $800 million, 21-acre, oceanfront resort?’”

photo: david croxford

Readers' Picks

Best New Thing

It seems everyone knows someone who’s had a hand in Disney’s Aulani Resort, whether in the kitchen, the shows or contemporary Hawaiian art displayed throughout. Maybe because of this, there’s magic at Aulani for kamaina, too, whether it’s spending a few hours in the Olelo Room, learning Hawaiian from the bartenders or hanging with Mickey and Co. for a few days and threading the resort via a 900-foot-long lazy river. Even exiting through the gift shop helps us appreciate little details such as the antique-styled photos of Hasegawa General Store and Alicia’s Market. 92-1185 Aliinui Drive, Kapolei, 674-6200,

Best Hotel for a Staycation

Hilton Hawaiian Village, 2005 Kalia Road, 949-4321,

Best Place to Hold a Party

The Willows, 901 Hausten St., 952-9200,

Best Family Attraction

Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, 800-367-7060,

Best Wedding Vendor or Venue

Halekulani, 2199 Kalia Road, 923-2311,

Best Place to Celebrate an Anniversary

Kahala Hotel & Resort, 5000 Kahala Ave., 739-8888,