Where to celebrate Thanksgiving on Oahu
Hau Tree Lanai
Thanksgiving Day Brunch
Brunch on the beach at Hau Tree Lanai with a buffet of Thanksgiving favorites as well as an omelette station, salad bar and seafood selections. $59 for adults, $29 for keiki, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kaimana Beach Hotel 2863 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, (808) 921-7066, kaimana.com/hautreelanai.html.
Chef Rene Thanksgiving Night Prix-Fixe Dinner
A four-course Thanksgiving dinner awaits you as you dine in an oceanfront setting at Kaimana Beach. $69 per person, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Kaimana Beach Hotel, 2863 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, (808) 921-7066, kaimana.com/hautreelanai.html.
The Hilton Hawaiian Village
Bali Steak and Seafood
A three-course dinner served in an open-air setting makes for a relaxed Thanksgiving dinner. $89 for adults, $45 for keiki (12 and under), seatings at 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., 2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, (808) 949-4321 ext. 43, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com/dining/bali-steak-and-seafood.
This Thanksgiving dinner buffet is perfect for those with a family and want to keep it casual. $55 for adults, $29 (12 and under), 4 to 8 p.m., (808) 949-4321 ext. 48, 2005 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com/dining/rainbow-lanai.
Tropics Bar and Grill
A budget-friendly, three-course dinner will make anybody thankful to be in Waikiki for Thanksgiving. Tropics’ regular menu is also available. $39 for adults, $19 for keiki (12 and under), 5 to 10 p.m., 2005 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, (808) 949-4321 ext. 42, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com/dining/tropics-bar-and-grill.
The Kahala Hotel and Resort
Brunch at Hoku’s
If you’re not in the mood for turkey while you’re on vacation, then we suggest going to Hoku’s for their fresh seafood bar. Featuring chilled lobster, oysters, shrimp, crab legs and sashimi, this spread will make any seafood-lover thankful to be there. $90, 10 a.m. to 2p.m., 5000 Kahala Ave., Honolulu, (808) 739-8780, kahalaresort.com/Honolulu_restaurants/hokus.
Dinner at Hoku’s
A special Thanksgiving five-course dinner menu will be paired with premium wines. Put on some nice clothes and have a fancy dinner on Turkey Day. $100, 5:30 to 10 p.m, 5000 Kahala Ave., Honolulu, (808) 739-8780, kahalaresort.com/Honolulu_restaurants/hokus.
Brunch at Plumeria Beach House
Enjoy the open-air and ocean for a breakfast buffet themed Thanksgiving. $80. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5000 Kahala Ave., Honolulu, (808) 739-8760, kahalaresort.com/honolulu_restaurants/plumeria_beach_house.
Dinner at Plumeria Beach House
Nothing says Hawaiian Thanksgiving dinner more than watching the sun set into the ocean while pouring brown gravy over a turkey and mashed potatoes. Plumeria Beach House’s view and open-air dinning is accentuated by a seafood buffet with special Thanksgiving offerings. $80, 5:30 to 10 p.m., 5000 Kahala Ave., Honolulu, (808) 739-8760, kahalaresort.com/honolulu_restaurants/plumeria_beach_house.
The annual “Thanksgiving Feast Buffet” will feature all of the traditional Turkey Day favorites as well as some of chef James Aptikin’s tasty creations. Enjoy decadent side dishes like the roasted butternut lobster bisque, seven-cheese mac and cheese and surimi crab crusted salmon with boursin sherry sauce. In addition to the always popular hot carving stations of roasted turkey and prime rib, guests can also partake in the famous MAC-daddy pancake station. $45 for adults, $18 for keiki (4-12), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 2500 Kuhio Ave., (808) 921-5564, mac247waikiki.com.
Whether you celebrate Turkey Day with a lunch or dinner, the Pikake Terrace at the Princess Kaiulani has you covered with its Thanksgiving Day buffet. $57 for adults, $28.50 for keiki (ages 5-12), 2:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sheraton Princess Kaiulani 120 Kaiulani Ave., Honolulu, (808) 921-4600, princess-kaiulani.com/dining/holidaymenus.
Tiki’s Grill and Bar
Chef Ronnie Nasuti prepares a special three-course menu especially for Thanksgiving dinner. Guests should plan for an early dinner to enjoy the sunset and Tiki’s view of Waikiki Beach. $36, 2570 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, (808) 923-8454, tikisgrill.com.
Turtle Bay Resort
Thanksgiving Brunch at Kuilima Ballroom
Chef Conrad Aquino created a “farm-to-feast” buffet of over 50 items for this Thanksgiving Day celebration. There will be the typical buffet favorites like carving and omelette stations as well as various salad bars, but the real stars of the culinary show are the kiawe (mesquite)-smoked Tom Turkey and the lilikoi (passion fruit) honey mustard glazed ham. $69 for adults, $27 for children (5-12), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kuilima Ballroom, 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy., Kahuku, (808) 293-6020, turtlebayresort.com/thanksgiving.
Paakai will have a specialty four-course, prix-fixe dinner themed for the holiday. Kula Grille is also featuring a Turkey Day buffet as well. Prices vary, 5:30 to 10 p.m., 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, (866) 475-2569, turtlebayresort.com/thanksgiving.
Turkey on the Run
If you’re on the North Shore for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing or you’re vacationing on the Seven Mile Miracle, then why bother cooking all day? Enjoy your time there and let Turtle Bay Resort prepare your Thanksgiving dinner with “Turkey on the Run,” a pick-up-and-go feast that can feed up to eight people. On the menu is a 14-pound roasted turkey stuffed with macadamia nut sage dressing, Kahuku corn, candied sweet pototates and two desserts. $200 all inclusive, 11a.m. to 2 p.m. pick-up on Thanksgiving, (808) 293-6020, turtlebayresort.com/thanksgiving.
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Dine like royalty at the “Pink Palace” with a prix-fixe menu for Thanksgiving dinner with seasonal wine pairing for an additional $26. For large groups of 11 or more and to reserve a private cabana email: Reina.Yoshihara@luxurycollection.com. $125 for adults, $45 for keiki, 5:30 to 9 p.m., 2259 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, (808) 921-4600, azurewaikiki.com/reservations.html.