Celebrate Thanksgiving in Hawaii: Hawaiian Style

Thanksgiving in Hawaii is a remarkable celebration that has something for every traveler on the islands.  The Hawaiian Makahiki, or four-month long traditional festival honoring the return of the god Lono, showcases a great variety of Hawaiian culture.  Give and show mahalo all November long, on the beach or exploring the island on a Circle Island Eco Adventure!Across all of the islands, you can dine on local vegetables, turkey, fish, Portuguese sweet breads and all kinds of different cuisines from Hawaii’s diverse chefs.  Choose from a five-star restaurant on Oahu, an exquisite meal on Maui, a sunset catamaran cruise or a luau (traditional buffet) with extended ohana on Kauai, to name a few.  Don’t forget to try a turkey cooked in an traditional Hawaiian underground oven called an imu.

If feasting indoors isn’t your thing, take your ono (delicious) food outside—Hawaii’s many state parks, preserves and beaches make excellent spots for dining.  The weather’s almost always spectacular, and what better way to enjoy your Hawaiian Thanksgiving than with a picnic? Plan a potluck on an Oahu beach, while watching surfers catch big waves at the 31st Annual Vans Triple Crown surfing competition.  Whatever your pleasure, there are a variety of events and activities on every island to help you find the perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving!

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