Just because you don’t feel the bite of upcoming winter, doesn’t mean O’ahu isn’t the perfect Thanksgiving location! In fact, from fine dining to outstanding seasonal events, there are plenty of reasons to love spending Thanksgiving on the island! Here are just a few O’ahu Thanksgiving favorites!
1. Attend the Holiday Kickoff Party
The holiday season kicks off on November 23rd at the Royal Hawaiian Center. This all-ages event features festive live music and performances, a tree-lighting ceremony, kids activities, and other seasonal festivities.
2. Make the Most of Your Meal at an All-You-Can-Eat Thanksgiving Buffet
Many of Waikiki’s hotel restaurants offer all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner Thanksgiving-themed buffets! A few to check out are the Hilton Waikiki Beach, Sheraton Princess Kuiulani, New Otani Kaimana Beach, Sheraton Waikiki, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort, and Beachhouse at the Moana Surfrider.
3. Enjoy a Classy Thanksgiving Restaurant Dinner
Not all the dine-out options are buffet-style. Some hotels and restaurants across the island offer fancy sit-down multiple-course meals. Keep an eye on the Outrigger Beach Waikiki Beach Resort, Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, New Otani Hotel, and the Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki, or Kahala Hotel, Turtle Bay Resort, Chai’s Island Bistro, and Aloha Tower Marketplace, across O’ahu.
4. Guess Your Time in the Turkey Trot
Waikiki’s 10-mile fun run doesn’t give out prizes to the fastest runners, but rather those who most closely predict their running times! It’s held Thanksgiving morning in Waikiki.
5. Watch the Waikiki Holiday Parade
After Thanksgiving is done, the Christmas season begins on November 27th at 7pm with the Holiday Parade on Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki. It’s not the only parade on the island, though. Other parades will take place in Liliha-Palama and Kalihi (on November 28), in Hawaii Kai and Waianae (on November 29), and in Kaneohe (on November 30).
6. Get a Head Start on Holiday Shopping at the Islandwide Crafts Expo
Spend the weekend getting a jump on your holiday shopping at the Islandwide Christmas Crafts & Food Expo. From November 28 through November 30, over 400 vendors will display and sell their wares at the Exhibition Hall of the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in downtown Honolulu. Nearby, the Mission Houses Museum Holiday Fair will be taking place in the Capitol District on November 29 and 30.
Spend Thanksgiving on O’ahu—Come Live Here!
Whether you’re looking for a place to spend the holiday season away from winter or a year-round home, there’s no better place to enjoy luxurious living, amazing outdoor recreation, and year-round gorgeous weather than on the island of O’ahu! Contact RE/MAX Honolulu today to learn more about life on the island.