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Daytime television host Kelly Ripa and her family hung out with Mickey and Minnie this past week at the Disney Aulani Resort & Spa. They stopped in the islands to film episodes of LIVE! With Kelly Ripa, using the resort as a makeshift tropical studio. With a majestic ocean and palm tree backdrop, the crew filmed five shows and not only featured the Disney mice in their Hawaiian attire but a few famous actors as well.Kelly Ripa and Glee’s Matthew Morrison learned the hula from former Miss Hawaii, Aureana Tseu.
Hawaii Five-0’s Daniel Dae Kim, Dancing With the Stars‘ judge Carrie Ann Inaba and Glee’s Matthew Morrison each co-hosted a show with Ripa. Morrison’s current girlfriend is from Hawaii. The list of Hollywood stars in the islands last week continues, as they chatted with more actors including, Jon Cryer from Two and a Half Men and Rico Rodriguez from Modern Family.
“(Ripa) did talk to the audience during the commercial,” said Honolulu resident Michelle White, who went to the show with Morrison as co-host. “She asked about food she should try and was willing to eat chicken feet.”
Stylist Carson Kressley (right) looking good in that hula skirt. Morrison making the dance his own (left).
Quite appropriately, Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos teamed up to host the show’s much-anticipated wedding ceremony of Eileen Bellew and Kevin Houston. They won the show’s contest for a Hawaiian dream wedding; both lost their previous spouses tragically. Ripa explained in a Disney interview how the couple believe rainbows are sent to them by their deceased spouses, so when a double rainbow appeared over the Aulani several days ago, they felt like it was some kind of message from above.
Each segment showcased the best of Oahu and highlighted all that Disney’s Aulani vacation destination has to offer. During the Disney interview, Ripa remarked on how the Aulani appeals to all ages, which was perfect for her family of three kids and two adults. It has been 10 years since she was in the islands and didn’t waste a moment this time around to enjoy the sun and sand.
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Photo Credit: Michelle White