How is Thanksgiving Celebrated in Hawaii?

By CHRIS PATERSON

How can you celebrate the holiday if you’re on an island in the Pacific?

Dan Myers offers tips on celebrated Thanksgiving in Hawaii for The Daily Meal. One of our tours is great to celebrate the day.

Hawaii is a tropical paradise, but if you find yourself living there, you’ll notice that when Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s a holiday that’s not widely celebrated by the locals. Hawaiians have their roots in Asia, which obviously is a continent that doesn’t have much of a reason to celebrate the survival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth.

It’s still an American state with just about all the trappings of the Mainland, though, so if you’re there when the holiday rolls around, don’t despair. We’ve got you covered.

First of all, just about every decent hotel is doing something for Thanksgiving, thanks to the glut of American tourists who are in the exact same boat as you. Call around and ask for menus in order to see which ones are serving dinners that are as close as possible to what you’re looking for. Most of these will be buffets serving a “Hawaiian-style” Thanksgiving, so it might be harder than you think to track down a traditional one. Also be on the lookout for chains; every year Bucca di Beppo serves a Thanksgiving dinner with an Italian twist, and there’s a location in Honolulu.

If you’d prefer to eat at home, most major supermarkets will be selling turkey in one form or another. Safeway supermarkets in Hawaii sell complete turkey dinners, and the Hyatt Regency Waikiki and the Hilton Waikaloa Village on the Big Island usually sell complete turkey dinners, ready for pickup. See? There’s plenty in the way of Thanksgiving on Hawaii. You just need to look for it. 

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