If you’re planning to be in Hawaii over Thanksgiving, you have an awful lot to be thankful for: The (hopefully) beautiful weather, warm sunshine, fantastic beaches, not to mention you won’t have to slog around in the snow! And, if you book an all-inclusive Oahu vacation through Hawaii Aloha Travel, your travel professional can fill your Turkey Day itinerary with excursions and activities you’ll remember long after the turkey and stuffing have settled.

But, a day out-and-about on Oahu can make a visitor hungry! Enter Starwood Hotels and Resorts. The luxury mega-brand is hosting three different Thanksgiving dinners at various properties on Oahu:

1. Kai Market, Sheraton Waikiki: At Kai Market, you have two options for feasting on Thanksgiving Day. If you enjoy your meal a little earlier in the day, Kai Market will feature an extended breakfast period from 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The price is $28.95 for adults and $14.50 for children under 12. Reservations are available for seating between 10:30 a.m. and noon. KaiMarket’s Thanksgiving dinner will feature a dinner buffet featuring a variety of selections including a chef carving station with slow-roasted prime rib, country ham; holiday favorites like roasted butternut squash bisque, soy-braised boneless beef short ribs. The cost is $69 for adults and $35 for children. Reservations are available for seating between 4 and 9 p.m. To make reservations, call Sheraton Waikiki Dining Reservations at (808) 921-4600. More information and menus can be found on the [haw]Kai[/haw] Market page of the Sheraton Waikiki website.

Photo: Sheraton Waikiki

The view from Kai Market is stunning, as is the food you'll get to enjoy during Thanksgiving dinner.

2. Azure Restaurant, Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort: If you’re looking for a luxury Thanksgiving meal on Oahu, The Royal Hawaiian is for you. The first course of the evening is a Pier 38 smoked fish chowder with sweet corn, fingerling potato, lup cheong, followed by a BLT—brioche lobster truffle, which is a Kona lobster, truffle aioli, meyer lemon preserve and tobiko. For their entrée, diners can choose one of the following three dishes: Pier 38 fish selection and Kauai shrimp with citrus kabocha, coriander, braised kale and yuzu truffle butter; or tom turkey with Hamakua mushroom stuffing, Brussel sprouts, spiced cranberry gastrique, white wine herb gravy; or Hawaii Ranchers’ braised short rib with creamy polenta, Ewa corn, pesto gremolata and red wine jus. Cost is $125 per person or $151 with wine pairings.

Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

Poke is one of the local dishes you may have the opportunity to enjoy if you reserve a seat at one of these fantastic Thanksgiving meals.

3. Pikake Terrace, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani: Enjoy a traditional turkey feast with all the fixins at Pikake Terrace this Thanksgiving. The buffet will feature a Butcher’s Block with Kona Coffee glazed ham roast, rosemary salt crusted prime rib, maple sugar and sage roasted turkey, smoked beef short ribs with kabocha squash puree, as well as steamed snow crab legs. The Thanksgiving buffet will also feature dishes such as braised kale with kalua turkey leg and oven-roasted Maui onions; Portuguese sausage, butternut squash, mushroom and truffle stuffing,; sugar pie and pumpkin soup, pomegranate glazed squash and root vegetables, oven-roasted Brussel sprouts with chili garlic sauce; and whipped Yukon gold potatoes with brown butter and parsley. Reservations will be accepted between 2:30 and 9:30 p.m. The price is $57 per person and $28.50 for children under the age of 12. Reservations can be made by calling the Dining Center at (808) 921-4600.

Here in Hawaii, Thanksgiving meals can be traditional, exotic, or completely left-of-center. But, they’re always a time to give thanks for what we have. So, make your reservations soon, and plan on feasting in paradise this Thanksgiving Day.


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