Create a New Thanksgiving Tradition in Hawaiʻi

In Hawaiʻi we hear it all the time—you’re so lucky to live in paradise. And it’s true, we’re incredibly lucky, yet oftentimes the gratitude gets lost behind the hectic schedules, grueling traffic and daily responsibilities that take up so much of our time. Thankfully, Thanksgiving comes around once a year to keep us in check and remind us of how important it is to keep gratitude top of mind, especially when frolicking “in paradise.”

This Thanksgiving, I’m reminded of the important things in life. I love my home, my family, my friends and my dog! 

There’s beauty that surrounds us no matter where we are in Hawaiʻi. From the vast and breathtaking Waimea Canyon in Kauaʻi to the striking Koʻolau mountain range in Windward Oʻahu, unique landscapes and sandy beaches are literally in our backyards. What better time than Thanksgiving to remind ourselves how much of a gift this home truly is?

This year, enjoy a memorable Thanksgiving in paradise in a fun and unique way. To kick start your best Thanksgiving, check out some of our favorite highlights on the Big Island, Kauaʻi, Maui and Oʻahu.

Big Island – Meet & Eat Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
Meet and eat for a good cause this Thanksgiving. Hosted by the Kona Task Force on Feeding the Hungry, Meet & Eat Annual Thanksgiving Dinner offers the Kona community the opportunity to come together and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Though a free event, attendees are asked to bring a bag of rice or canned goods to help the Food Basket. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference by feeding the hungry in West Hawaiʻi. The annual dinner starts at 5:15 p.m. at Kealakehe Intermediate School Cafeteria on Onipaʻa Street. Call (808) 987-1664 for more info!

ʻi – Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi
Indulge in fine dining this Thanksgiving as award-winning chef Roy Yamaguchi serves up island-inspired dishes with holiday touches at Eating House 1849. Yamaguchi is one of Hawaiʻi’s favorite chefs, spearheading the popular Roy’s Restaurant chain with locations around the world. If you’re looking to enjoy an upscale dining experience with family and friends, Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi is certainly the place to be. The restaurant is located at The Shops at Kukuiʻula and is offering a Thanksgiving Dinner special for $50 per person. Make your reservations today by calling (808) 742-5000.

Maui – Down the Hatch’s Night Before Thanksgiving
Down the Hatch’s biggest party of the year takes place not the night before Christmas but the night before Thanksgiving! Bask in holiday cheer and treat yourself to Naked Turtle Rum drinks, DJ Leanne entertainment and great company. Down the Hatch’s annual party is the perfect time to connect with old friends and make new ones while enjoying top-notch entertainment and cocktails by some of Maui’s best mixologists. Visit for the inside scoop.

Photo courtesy of Down the Hatch

Oʻahu – Rock-A-Hula’s Thanksgiving at Legends Show
Located in the heart of Waikīkī, Rock-A-Hula is the perfect place to create a new Thanksgiving tradition. Rock-A-Hula is a family-friendly show featuring Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Katy Perry tribute artists, live hula and fire-knife dancing and rockin’ good music. You can opt to enjoy a gourmet dinner before the show, or make dinner plans elsewhere and select either the Premier Cocktail or Rockin’ Show package. For those enjoying dinner in the theatre, you’ll even be treated to a special Thanksgiving dessert! Check out our website for details, or visit to book your seats today!

Photo courtesy of Rock-A-Hula

For more creative ways to spend this Thanksgiving, visit our website and follow us on social media! We love keeping people up to date on the latest Hawaiʻi happenings.

Happy adventuring!

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