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What is the reasoning for no Lilo at Aulani Theirs stitch but no lilo why is that?

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  • [Question] What is the reasoning for no Lilo at Aulani Theirs stitch but no lilo why is that?

    The title basically says it all why is their no Lilo at Aulani?

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    Re: What is the reasoning for no Lilo at Aulani Theirs stitch but no lilo why is that

    Good question... I didn't realize there was no lilo. Maybe they haven't added her yet? It would make sense since she is Hawaii and all :\
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      Re: What is the reasoning for no Lilo at Aulani Theirs stitch but no lilo why is that

      Actually I can answer that. Native Hawaiians found the depictions of Hawaiians in Lilo and Stitch to be rather insulting. To make things right for them (and to get their blessings for building Aulani) they decided to "ground" Lilo and keep her away from the resort. Stitch however can't be controlled, so he can pretty much go wherever he chooses... lol

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        Re: What is the reasoning for no Lilo at Aulani Theirs stitch but no lilo why is that

        The actress who voiced Lilo's sister was a native Hawaiian. Might not make her less insulting, but it at least spreads the blame around...

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          Re: What is the reasoning for no Lilo at Aulani Theirs stitch but no lilo why is that

          I wonder if part of it is the potential weirdness of having a giant rubberhead costume of a Hawaiian human, walking around posing for pictures. Stitch at least has the benefit of being equally foreign to everybody, Hawaiian or otherwise, in that he's a blue alien from outer space. The fact that Lilo's a 7-foot tall costume posing as a 3-foot or so child probably doesn't help...

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            Re: What is the reasoning for no Lilo at Aulani Theirs stitch but no lilo why is that

            I can't imagine it has anything to do with any restrictions Hawaii put on the usage of characters, and has everything to do with the emphasis on Hawaiian culture far above any Disney IP at the resort.

            To a lesser degree, Lilo just doesn't make sense at the resort. First, she lives in Hawaii, and all other Disney characters you see at Aulani are on vacation there, just like you. Second, if she were to be there, as a human, she would likely need to be a "face" character, in which case, you'd need a young girl to play her. If you decided to make a cartoon version of her, that would fly in the face of the authentic Hawaiian experience Disney has painstakingly created.

            I can't wait to go in April and see the resort for myself. I've never been to Hawaii, so going to a resort so immersed in the culture is far more appealing to me than the characters anyway. Plus, the things I love most about vacationing with Disney have nothing to do with the characters (which I love) and everything to do with the customer service and attention to detail. So I'm OK with no Lilo and occasional visits by Stitch.

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