A SIDE TRIP FROM
Yesterland
Disney Goes Hawaiian, Part 25:
Craziest Job at Aulani
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai‘i

While staying at Aulani, I looked out from our lanai to see someone dangling on the outside of the resort’s Waianae tower—16 floors above ground level. Yikes!

Werner Weiss, Curator of Yesterland, August 2, 2013.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, at Yesterland

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Look for the red spot to the right of the center near the top of the tower.

Why was a man in a red shirt dangling from a rope 16 floors above the resort’s Waikolohe Valley?

Could it be an extra-cost guest activity, along the lines of the resort’s Rainbow Reef snorkeling pool or its outrigger canoe rides?


The answer to the riddle came from watching the man’s actions and looking at the resort’s unusual architectural features. He was doing his job. And his job was to clean bird poop from the thousands of beams that protrude from the resort’s structures.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, at Yesterland

Photo by a Werner Weiss, 2013

Calling cards from birds

The architecture of Aulani embraces Hawaiian traditions, giving the appearance that massive wooden beams are lashed together with rope. Of course, it’s actually modern concrete and steel construction. Aulani provides a sense of place missing from most resorts in Hawaii.

The beams also provide many places for birds to land—and to relieve themselves.

Don’t worry. The restaurant tables are not directly below the beams.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, at Yesterland

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Working at the top

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, at Yesterland

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Whatever it takes to clean the beams

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, at Yesterland

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

HWC—Honolulu Window Cleaning—shirt

The service is provided by Honolulu Window Cleaning, a company that cleans the glass exteriors of some of Waikiki’s tallest resorts. The company also provides other “vertical services” that involve skillful rope access techniques, including concrete repairs, joint sealing, and painting.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, at Yesterland

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Working his way down

Bird poop cleaning at Aulani might not be as glamorous as repairing Honolulu skyscrapers, but it still has to be a satisfying job for someone with the right skills—and no fear of heights.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, at Yesterland

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

All clean!


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