If you’ve ever been to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World, you have have seen Auntie Kau’i. She was the Poly lobby staple who was known to hand out leis and teach the hula. We have learned sad news that she has passed away.
Kau’i Brandt had a passion for hula dancing. She took lessons from some of the best dancers in Hawaii, where she was born and raised. At a show in Waikiki in the 1960’s, she was approached by Disney officials multiple times to bring a hula show to Disneyland. At the time, she didn’t want to leave Hawaii, hearing that once you leave you never go back. Once she left in 1971, she never did go back.
Brandt ended up in Florida and helped Disney open up the Polynesian Village, and there she stayed as the cultural representative, lovingly known as Auntie Kau’i. She also helped develop and launch the popular luau shows at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Auntie Kau’i was 88 years old and worked for Disney for over 35 years. She will be greatly missed. Our prayers go to her family.