ORLANDO, Fla. – Kau'i Brandt, a longtime fixture at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, has died.

  • Kau'i Brandt, a longtime Disney World cast member, has died
  • Brandt, known as "Auntie Kau'i," was a cultural ambassador at Disney's Polynesian Resort
  • Brandt would greet guests and was often seen making leis in the lobby 

"It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing of our family matriarch, Kau'ihealani Mahikoa Brandt," Brandt's family posted on Facebook.

The Hawaii native affectionately known as "Aunty Kaui'" was a cultural representative at the resort, often welcoming guests as they made their way around. Guests could often find her making leis or giving hula lessons.

Brandt moved to California in 1971 to perform in a Polynesian show at Disneyland. Several months later she moved to Florida to open a similar show at Disney's Polynesian Resort, where she had been a fixture ever since.

"Though our hearts are heavy with grief, we are eternally grateful to God for blessing us with her amazing life and countless deposits of love, concern and care for all whom she encountered," the post read.

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