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Thanksgiving in Hawaii


Celebrating our nation’s holiday of giving thanks for our roots is double the pleasure in Hawaii. If you have the great fortune of being here for Thanksgiving, you are certainly in for a treat. There are many local traditions that will expand your view of the holiday and its role in diversity. One tradition Oahu celebrates each year is the Annual Turkey Trot.

The Honolulu Marathon Clinic will be holding its 40th Annual Turkey Trot, a 10-mile run, on November 26, 2015 at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Prizes are awarded to runners who cross the finish line closest to their own predicted finish time. This is a fun tradition for residents and visitors alike every year for the past four decades. Before race day, you can register online here. On registration day, get there by 6:30 a.m. to sign up. There is no minimum age and no skill level specified, so anyone is welcome to join.

On each island, various hotels and restaurants offer patrons a delicious way to celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional meal. Here are some events by island:


Grand Hyatt Kauai Thanksgiving Buffet: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, featuring a carving station with roast turkey, prime rib, fish, iced seafood bar, sushi bar, stir-fry station, bread and dessert.

Sheraton Kauai Thanksgiving Buffet: Stuff yourself with roast turkey, roast beef, baked ham, and fish, complemented by mashed and sweet potatoes, salad, appetizer, iced seafood and dessert station.


Pacific Whale Foundation Thanksgiving Cruise: Dine on a catamaran with live entertainment and a complete Thanksgiving dinner. The cruise is two hours and goes from 5:30 to 7:30.

Grand Wailea Thanksgiving Dinner: Held at the Grand Wailea Hotel and Spa, enjoy your dinner in the Grand Dining Room from 2 p.m. till 9 p.m. You’ll get turkey with cornbread stuffing, beef prime rib, pork tenderloin, fish, and fresh vegetable entrees.

Sheraton Maui Thanksgiving Dinner: Held at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa on the Kekaa Terrace Restaurant, the buffet is served from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The meal features a twist on the traditional, with side dishes such as cranberry mandarin orange relish and main dishes of beef prime rib, baked ham, and mahi mahi with toasted macadamia nuts.

Big Island

Fairmont Orchid Thanksgiving Dinner: Served buffet style in Brown’s Beach House.

Hilton Waikoloa Village Thanksgiving Dinner: Choose from a roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings or simply order a Thanksgiving takeout dinner complete with a 15-pound turkey with stuffing, veggies, Portuguese sweet bread, and pumpkin pie.

Mauna Lani Thanksgiving Dinner Menu: Held at the Mauna Lani Resort in Kohala within the Bay Terrace Restaurant.


Moana Surfrider Hotel’s Thanksgiving Dinner: Enjoy a three-course dinner including roast turkey, sweetbread stuffing, cranberry relish, chardonnay sage gravy, parmesan mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie with cream and caramel sauce for dessert.

Princess Kaiulani Hotel’s Thanksgiving Dinner: Have a Thanksgiving day lunch in the Splash Bar or a buffet dinner in the Pikake Terrace Restaurant.

Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Thanksgiving: Enjoy a buffet-style meal in the Monarch Room with two seating times.

Of course, you should always call ahead before making any reservations in case times and locations have changed. While in Oahu, come with us at Hoku Hawaii Tours to experience our island from top to bottom!