Celebrate Thanksgiving in Hawaii

Thanksgiving is an ideal time to plan a trip to Hawaii. Bask in glorious weather, lounge on relaxing poolside cabanas, and recharge your batteries with indulgent spa treatments. As well as this, you’ll find plenty of seasonal activities that the whole family can get involved in. Here’s six to add to your Thanksgiving vacation itinerary.

1. Thanksgiving Dinner at Hilton Waikoloa Village

Join us on Thursday, November 28, 2019, for a celebratory Thanksgiving Dinner. Enjoy a delicious buffet followed by live music from Grammy Award winner, John Keawe. 

Tickets are $89 for adults (includes a welcoming glass of champagne) and $39 for children (includes soft drink or juice). Buy your tickets here.

Where: Grand Ballroom
When: Thanksgiving Day from 3 pm – 7 pm

2. Hilton Waikoloa Village Craft Fair

The weekend following Thanksgiving, we’re hosting a holiday craft fair at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Featuring a range of unique items from island artists and vendors, shop for early Christmas gifts or treat yourself to local Hawaiian souvenirs.

Where: Grand Ballroom
When: Saturday, November 30 from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday, December 1 from 9 am to 4 pm

3. Waikiki Holiday Parade

Take a day trip to Honolulu for the annual Waikiki Holiday Parade that takes place on the Friday following Thanksgiving Day. To commemorate Pearl Harbor, survivors and veterans are honored in memory of the attacks that took place there in December 1941. Bands from the mainland and local Hawaiian bands march along Waikiki Beach, watched by thousands of residents and visitors.

Where: Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu
When: Friday, November 29 from 7 pm

4. Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

If you’re in Hawaii a few weeks before Thanksgiving, be sure to check out the 49th annual Kona Coffee Festival. Celebrating Kona’s famous cup of coffee, the festival features tastings, exhibitions, a parade, and a talent night. View the full schedule here.

Where: Kona
When: November 1 – 10

5. Vans World Cup of Surfing

If surfing is your thing, plan a day trip or two to Honolulu for the unmissable World Cup on O’ahu’s notorious North Shore. Watch in awe as the highest level of professional surfers showcase some jaw-dropping moves in some of the most challenging waves imaginable.

Where: Sunset Beach, Waialua, Honolulu
When: November 25 – December 7

6. Sample Thanksgiving favorites

Taste your way through a traditional Hawaiian Thanksgiving with some classic Thanksgiving foods. See how many you can tick off during your vacation.

  • Kalua turkey - in true island-style, the Thanksgiving bird is traditionally cooked underground in an oven called an imu. Once cooked, the turkey will be moist and have a smoky flavor.
  • Poi - this native Hawaiian sauce is made from mashed taro and water, creating a slightly unappealing but delectable purple paste, often paired with salted fish or pork.
  • Purple sweet potatoes - the purple or Okinwan sweet potato was brought to Hawaii by the Polynesians and has thrived as a Hawaiian side-dish staple.
  • Shiitake lup cheong stuffing - this popular Thanksgiving stuffing combines mushrooms and sausage for a salty and savory side-dish.

From all of us here at Waikoloa Village, we look forward to welcoming you to Hawaii this Thanksgiving and hope you have a wonderful vacation.