Thanksgiving in Hawaii is where everyone can be grateful for year-round sunshine and cool ocean breezes. The holidays can’t get much better than when they’re celebrated in paradise, and Atlantis Adventures Hawaii has it all figured out. It’s time to kick off your work shoes, slip on some flip-flops and take your Thanksgiving to the tropics with these fun events.
Hawaii Island is incomparable in beauty, weather, and luxury. Experience a variety of epicurean delights at some of the islands most popular restaurants, luxuriate on the best beaches the island has to offer, or do a little shopping at the popular Kamahalo Craft Fair at the Cooper Center, located in an exotic rainforest near the entrance to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
While there, give your legs a stretch with the Niaulani Nature Walk every Monday morning. This free, hour-long guided nature tour will take you through the most diverse old-growth koa/ohia rainforest remaining in the state.
Make room for the Thanksgiving calorie intake! Oahu translates to “The Gathering Place” and what better place to do it than at the Honolulu Marathon Clinic’s annual Turkey Trot? Now in its 42nd year, this 10-mile fun run starts at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki and takes you along the breathtaking coastal views surrounding Diamond Head. Prizes are awarded to people who best estimate their own finish time.
The Waikiki Holiday Parade, which honors Pearl Harbor survivors and veterans, takes place the day after Thanksgiving. Channel your patriotic spirit as you cheer on military units, marching bands, and local dignitaries as they make their way down torch-lit Kalakaua Avenue along Waikiki Beach.
Maui is a great place to spend with ohana (family) any time of the year, but especially more during Thanksgiving. If you’re a foodie you’ll enjoy feasting on the many delicious specialty foods, as well as traditional Thanksgiving fare on the Valley Isle. Whether you’re in the mood for a buffet or a few tropical drinks with picturesque views of the neighboring islands of Molokai and Lanai, Maui has it all. Take your appetite to the open air at the Tiki Terrace, or to the Lava Rock Bar and Grill on Thanksgiving Day for a feast that will please your palate and tummy. Whether you just want a taste of pumpkin pie or a simpler meal, check out what other Thanksgiving treats Maui has to offer.
Set your sights on an unforgettable experience and feast of a different kind when you watch a sunrise at the rare and sacred land of Haleakala National Park, home to the native Hawaiian Nene Goose and Haleakala Silversword.
Avid runners can burn off a few Thanksgiving calories at the Valley Isle Road Runners’ Turkey Trot. The guess-your-finish-time event, which offers both a 16- or 8-mile course, starts at Rice Park in the rustic town of Kula in Upcountry Maui.
No matter which island you plan to spend your Thanksgiving, contact us for an exceptional experience that you and your loved ones will remember for a lifetime.