Thanksgiving in Hawaii

Thanksgiving in Hawaii

Thanksgiving in Hawaii

The holidays are just around the corner and if you are spending Thanksgiving in Hawaii, you have a lot to be thankful for this year!

Hawaii is a very popular place to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Because the celebration is typically about sharing a moment of appreciation with friends and family, a vacation rental is the perfect setting for a feast in paradise. Unlike a hotel, at a vacation rental, you can gather around your dining room table or even enjoy a more informal Thanksgiving barbecue out on the lanai around the pool. You might even take the party down to one of the beach parks and enjoy a day on sun and surf along with your turkey and cranberries!

Although November is considered the start of the rainy season, you will likely still enjoy sunny days, with the odd tropical shower passing through offering the chance of rainbows. Of course, the weather will be warm, since Hawaii sits in the tropics. The average temperature during this month ranges from the upper 60’s in the evening to the mid 80’s during the day.

Ohana (family) is very important in Hawaii and even if you’re not a local, you will find plenty of friends who are eager to share the Aloha during this holiday!

Cooking a Turkey in Your Vacation Rental

If you are looking for a traditional and formal sit-down Thanksgiving dinner feast, you might be surprised at how easy it is to host Thanksgiving Day at your Maui vacation rental!

Most kitchens stock all the cooking essentials, including pots, pans, and even some local spices.

You can find a Turkey at the local grocery store, where you can pick up some Hawaiian marinades and pineapple! Gather on the lanai or around the dining room table, and enjoy your feast in paradise!

For delicious Hawaiian recipes for your Thanksgiving meal, visit

Fun Activities

Before you sit down to feast, make sure to spend some time enjoying the beautiful scenery of Maui.

We have put together a list of Thanksgiving Day activities for you and your guests to enjoy before dinner.

Thanksgiving Day Luau

What better way to enjoy Thanksgiving in Maui than with a traditional Luau!

Once you are greeted with fresh-flower lei, experience the Pig-Imu ceremony, Hula dancers, and other traditional Hawaiian entertainment. For dinner, you will usually find a traditional Hawaiian buffet with the addition of a Turkey.

There are many restaurants and hotels that offer the chance to celebrate the day in true Hawaiian Style!

For a list of Luau’s on Maui, visit

Whale Watching Cruise

November marks a special time in the Pacific waters off Maui as the Humpback whales are returning home. The Pacific Whale Foundation hosts a Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cruise that departs from Lahaina and is the perfect way to celebrate your afternoon.

 The cruise takes place on an eco-friendly catamaran, where all guests are seated outside. Listen to live music and sip on a cocktail as you sail off into the sunset in search of the majestic Humpback whale! For dinner, enjoy a traditional buffet that is prepared by the award-winning Three’s Bar and Grill.

You can also find a similar experience with Quicksilver cruises, which offers a cruise along the Pali coast of Maui. Departing from the Maalaea Harbor, you can sit inside or outside as you enjoy your dinner and the sunset.

Be sure to bring your camera, you will want to share this inspiring and picturesque holiday experience with everyone back home!

Picnic by the Beach

Seize the day in Paradise and enjoy a Thanksgiving picnic on the beach! There are many grocery stores and restaurants that will pack a Thanksgiving meal for takeout and it will be easy to find a great spot on one of Maui’s beaches.

You will have plenty to be thankful for as you enjoy your barefoot feast surrounded by the beautiful Pacific and the gorgeous coast of Maui!

Maui Invitational

Come show your Aloha spirit and cheer on your favorite team this Thanksgiving!

Perfect for sports fans, this Basketball tournament has hosted 108 different schools since its inception in 1984, including UCLA, Wake Forest, Kansas and Vanderbilt.

Watch the teams play for the Wayne Duke Championship Trophy, hosted at the Lahaina Civic Center.

For tickets, visit

Give Thanks!

Whatever you do for Thanksgiving during your holiday on Maui, don’t forget to share thanks with the ones you love.

From everyone here at Exotic Estates, we wish you and your family a fun and safe holiday season!

Blog Subjects: Hawaii, Holiday Travel