"Everyone native to [these islands] descends from someone who survived a 2,500-mile canoe trip," the relaxed-but-on-point hirsute man in fine resort casual explained.
You pause, look around momentarily. You're on a beautiful beach with a bronzing sun. The trip to this land took you 6 hours. The logic centers of your mind begin deconstructing the tale...2,500 miles by sea...way back when...by canoe...an intense trip.
Ask Joe Rohde, senior vice president and creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, and he'll tell you that story is important; sense of place is important.
Head creative for the Animal Kingdom, Rohde has embedded story into the very DNA of Aulani-A Disney Resort--the property is infused with a holographic degree of detail: within each grain of sand, one can see/feel the essence of the place. The place reveals its own story.
"Human beings, all human beings, are wired for story," Rohde said. "It's one of the things that makes us human, it's what our brains do."
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