From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Nikki Moreno
‘Olu, the kindhearted ‘ukulele-playing turtle, strummed his was into our hearts here at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa not that long ago. ‘Olu, Duffy and their friends have been enjoying the surf, sand and sun of Hawai‘i. Always an imaginative group of friends, they were inspired by Hawai‘i and collaborated to come up with a new name for their turtle friend – ‘Olu Mel.
As the story goes, on a bright sunny Hawai‘i day, Duffy and ShellieMay were looking for ‘Olu so the three friends could play, but he was nowhere to be found.
So, they decided to check the beach. As they followed their usual path to the ocean, they began to hear melodious music. When they arrived at the shore, they found ‘Olu strumming his ‘ukulele and singing about blue and white waves playing hide-and-seek with one another.
Both Duffy and ShellieMay agreed that they thought ‘Olu’s melody was truly beautiful. So beautiful, that right then and there, ShellieMay wanted to give their friend the nickname Mel, short for melody. Duffy added that he always liked the name ‘Olu too.
‘Olu thought for a second, then started strumming his ‘ukulele and singing, “Duffy and ShellieMay, you like both names, that’s swell. From now on, you can call me, ‘Olu Mel!”
Duffy and ShellieMay looked at each other and exclaimed, “We love the name, ‘Olu Mel!”
Seeing his dear friends so excited about his new name, the musical turtle felt happy and honored to be called ‘Olu Mel, because now, music was a part of his name.
If you’d like to celebrate the excitement of ‘Olu Mel, then be on the lookout for exclusive new ‘Olu Mel merchandise coming to Aulani this summer!