Thanksgiving on the Big Island


I’m thankful for good friends, golden sand beaches, and the perpetual adventure of Kona real estate—what about you? No matter what you’re giving thanks for this Thanksgiving, you probably plan on doing it surrounded by loved ones, enjoying a meal.

And lucky for us who know and love Kona real estate, Thanksgiving dinner in Hawai’i is more than turkey and stuffing—it’s fragrant, wok-fried Kampachi and Kiawe Smoked Duck. It’s coconut-glazed sweet potatoes and chocolate macadamia nut pie. It’s seasonal and delectable. Hawai’i chefs love to make use of the Big Island’s abundant local ingredients, and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to share sumptuous local dishes with friends and family.

If you’re the type who would rather soak in the sunset than sweat in the kitchen, here are some Thanksgiving Day options along the Kohala Coast.  

Indulge outdoors at the beautiful Bay Terrace Thanksgiving at Mauna Lanai Bay, where a buffet will be served from 4 to 8 pm. The restaurant’s sample menu includes traditional favorites such as Honey Thyme Roasted Organic Turkey Breast and Herb Whipped Potatoes as well as Hawaiian treats such as Poke in Glass and Macadamia Nut Stuffing. If the alfresco dining room isn’t enough to convince you of the joy of Kona real estate, the delicious food will be! Call 808-881-7911 for reservations.

Or let the champagne flow at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, where they’re serving up Thanksgiving Dinner at the Water’s Edge Ballroom. Dinner is served from 3 to 7:30 pm, with the menu promising such delights as FiveSpiced Pork Belly with Coconut Sticky Rice and Green Papaya Slaw alongside turkey, prime rib, and a cornucopia of other sides and desserts. Eat, drink, and be merry while taking in a view of the Lagoon Lanai and waterfall. Reservations required: Call (808) 886-1234, ext. 54.

If you’re in the mood for fine dining by the shore, take in the Kohala Coast sunset at Brown’s Beach House, where the chef favors creative Hawai’i Island cuisine made from fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients. Make a reservation by calling (808) 887-7368 or visiting their website.

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Do you want to enjoy every Thanksgiving among the rainbows and lush vistas of North Kohala? How about a stone’s throw away from the pristine paradise of South Kohala’s manicured golf courses? I’m Annette Mejia, real estate agent, and I’m here to show you the best Kona real estate has to offer. Call (808-217-8500) or email me today!

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