Holiday Guide: The Quintessential Thanksgiving in Hawaii

Get together with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving with tropical flavors and traditions in Hawaii. From pre-Thanksgiving drinks to post-Thanksgiving shopping, we’ve got you covered for your ultimate festivities on Nov. 23. Dig into freshly-prepared food made from locally sourced ingredients and your Thanksgiving feast will be even more delicious.

1. Bevy, Honolulu, HI

This hip restaurant, cocktail bar, and lunch market provides guests with a modern drink and meal in an industrial atmosphere. Drinks and food both use local ingredients and the signature cocktails were created by the owner and his excellent team of bartenders. The cocktails are as unique as they come, with one of the many options being Pele’s Morning Brew, which consists of Bulleit bourbon, lilikoi, lime, pineapple, coffee, triple coconut foam, and more.

2. Ted’s Bakery, Haleiwa, HI

Ted’s Bakery has 20 pie flavors on offer, with favorites such as chocolate cream pie, macadamia nut cream pie, and blueberry cream pie that are sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving table. Welcome the flavors of Hawaii into your home by purchasing a more unique pie such as lilikoi cheese pie, strawberry haupia pie, or pumpkin haupia pie. Ted’s also sells a variety of cakes and pastries if you’d like to offer guests a tantalizing spread of sweets.

3. Tin Roof Ranch, Haleiwa, HI

While you’re not going to find many turkey farms in Hawaii, you will find numerous organic chicken farms. So if you want to eat only locally this Thanksgiving, try chicken instead of turkey! Tin Roof Ranch is a free-range, organic chicken and produce farm that raises chickens in an open pasture environment. Chickens are available for purchase starting at $4.50 per pound.

4. Kokua Market, Honolulu, HI

Kokua Market is a natural and local foods co-op (but anyone can shop here), that sells fresh ingredients and prepared foods to fill your Thanksgiving table. If you are searching for locally grown carrots and parsnips for a veggie roast or free-range meat, this is the market for you. For appetizers, don’t forget their excellent cheese selection!

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5. Waikiki Holiday Parade, Honolulu, HI

This holiday parade commemorates the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks. In addition to educating spectators on this sad piece of U.S. history, it also displays and preserves Polynesian cultures, and welcomes the holiday season. Local bands perform, Pearl Harbor Survivors march, and military forces join in on the parade.

6. Halele’a Gallery, Hanalei, HI

Located in the Shops at Kukui’ula, the Halele’a Gallery is the ideal shop for purchasing gifts for loved ones into art and unique jewelry. The Halele’a Gallery sells handcrafted jewelry, fashion, and fine art created by Hawaiian artists and designers. Support these local artists this Black Friday.

7. Hoops in Hawaii Thanksgiving Classic, Honolulu, HI

NCAA Division II and Division III schools will play in a weekend tournament from November 22 until November 25. Visiting and local basketball college teams will be playing at Moanalua High School, with games taking place on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. This great event is definitely one that all basketball lovers should attend.

8. Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie, HI

The Polynesian Cultural Center is one of the most highly-rated things to do and see on the Hawaiian archipelago. This excellent museum and education center teaches visitors about the culture and traditions of the Pacific Islands. Covering 42 acres, visitors will have the chance to experience an authentic luau, dine on traditional foods, and travel by canoe or on foot to living exhibits on Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Aotearoa, Tahiti, and Hawaii. The Polynesian Cultural Center provides an excellent opportunity to learn about Hawaii’s original inhabitants. 

9. Honolulu Marathon Clinic Turkey Trot, Honolulu, HI

Celebrate the 42nd annual turkey trot on Thanksgiving Day, with a 10-mile run starting at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand. In this fun competition, runners are asked to predict their 10-mile time and those who finished closest to this time win a prize!

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10. Mele Kalikimaka Toy Drive, Oahu, HI

To give to kids in need this holiday season, head to Koko Marina Shopping Center on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 10 am until 1 p.m. Bring new, unwrapped toys, which will be distributed by Hawaii’s branch of Toys for Tots. When you donate a toy, your family will have the opportunity to enjoy carnival rides that day for free!

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