What Is Thanksgiving in Hawaii Like?
Thanksgiving - a time for family, delicious food, and feeling thankful for everything positive that life has given to us. The American holiday comes once a year, during the Autumn season, which is characterized by cool temperatures, changing and falling leaves, warm and cozy fires, sweaters, and more! But this isn't the case in the state of Hawaii. Plus, even though Hawaii is an American state, the locals don't celebrate Thanksgiving quite like those who live in the continental United States do. If you find yourself in this tropical state during the month of November, no doubt you would like to know how you can celebrate Thanksgiving in Hawaii. In this article, we will share some tips on how to make the holiday special for you and your family.
If you are hoping to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner at home, check with a major grocery store chain that is close to you for turkey, or more in the Hawaiian tradition a roasted pig. Most of these major chains will be selling turkey and pig in some fashion. Safeway grocery stores sell turkey dinners that you can serve for your Thanksgiving. Also, if you are looking for a traditional American Thanksgiving meal, there are hotels that whip up complete turkey dinners that you can come pick up. These hotels include the Hilton Waikoloa Village and the Hyatt Regency Waikiki. However, it is worth mentioning that both of these hotels are located on the Big Island.
You can also choose to have a non-traditional dinner of Thanksgiving if you still choose to eat with your family at your vacation rental facility or home. There is nothing wrong with choosing to eat a delicious meal with your loved ones while focusing on the positivity and blessings you all enjoy in your lives together, even if it is not exactly the same type of meal that is usually eaten.
If you choose to have Thanksgiving in Hawaii outside of your vacation rental facility or home, you still have plenty of options when it comes to enjoying a fantastic holiday. Nearly every decent hotel will have something going on, mostly due to the fact that there are plenty of tourists in the state that are visiting from the Mainland during November. It's an excellent idea to call some of the hotels that are located close to you and get the menu of what they plan to serve. That way, you can choose to enjoy a meal that is close to what you are looking for. When it comes to restaurants, look out for chains. You will likely have better luck finding a traditional Thanksgiving dinner here than at a stand-alone restaurant.
If you are okay with something that is a little non-traditional while you are out, many buffets in the state will serve what is known as a "Hawaiian-style" Thanksgiving. Again, you may want to call around to see who is doing something special for Thanksgiving and exactly what. But if you are okay with eating a meal that is not traditional, you will probably have an easier time finding a location to eat out for the Thanksgiving holiday.
In conclusion, enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving is entirely possible in Hawaii. You'll be able to not only focus on what you are grateful for but still enjoy delicious food at the same time. Hau'oli Lā Ho'omaika'i - or in case you don't speak Hawaiian, "Happy Thanksgiving!"