Thanksgiving Day in Hawaii. What a way to start the day – 85 degree weather, an early morning dip in the ocean and sand between your toes. Then there’s the hiking along lush tropical trails and drives along winding coastal roads. Top it all off with a Hawaiian Thanksgiving feast, the setting sun in it’s full glory the back drop.
The sun, the ocean, the sand, palm trees swaying in the wind, surrounded by amazing vistas – sounds like a dream Thanksgiving, right?
I’m Dreaming of A Hawaiian Thanksgiving
Sadly, no, I’m not in Hawaii right now. But I am dreaming of it! Why Hawaii, you might ask? Because that’s where we spent Thanksgiving just one year ago. So come along with me. Let’s dream together as I reminisce of a Thanksgiving Day gone by.
Waking up along the Waihee Ridge Trail
Rise and shine early! We’ve got an adventure-packed Thanksgiving day ahead of us. First up? An early morning hike along the winding Waihee Ridge Trail, all the way to the top. A great way to get the body primed and ready for that Thanksgiving turkey!
Boots tied. Walking sticks in hand. Let’s hit the trail. Meander along the rough and rocky path through a dense forest, lush and green. Take it all in as the trail climbs ever higher.
Watch out for those steep cliffs as the tropical trail gives way to even more lush greenery. And as the old saying goes, take time to enjoy the views! Because the views here are spectacular, even on a somewhat hazy morning.
Keep climbing, higher and higher. High enough that a passing helicopter appears at eye level. For real! Be sure to wave to the sightseers in the helicopter as they fly by.
At last, arrive at the summit. Gaze upon the 360 degree vistas. Was it worth it? I’ll bet you would say it was! Look closely. Just off in the distance is Molokai. You’ll have to take my word on that – it was too hazy for a decent photo op.
Discover Roads Less Traveled
Wailee Ridge hike completed, yet the day is still young, and the turkey’s not yet cooked. Let’s continue this Hawaiian Thanksgiving Day journey with a drive along impossibly narrow coastal roads in search of Maui’s rugged northern shorelines.
Explore the road side scenery between Waiehu and Lahaina. Wind up, down, around and through some of the most spectacular vistas along this rugged part of Maui.
Don’t forget to get out of the car and explore on foot. Meander down road side trails to a white sandy beach, hop across ocean weathered rocks, take a refreshing dip in the water. Get drenched by an ocean-side blow hole, spewing water high in the air.
All that work make you hungry? Take a break at the roadside art gallery and snack upon yummy chocolate covered bananas. Don’t eat too much though! Need to save room for that Hawaiian Thanksgiving buffet.
Feast Upon a Hawaiian Thanksgiving Meal
Snack finished. Dramatic scenic drive completed, and back at the hotel. You know what time it is? That’s right! It’s turkey time! Yum. Can’t you just smell that turkey roasting?
Ok, just one more ocean-side adventure before dinner. Gotta hit the waves and work up an even bigger appetite! That food just smells sooo good.
All cleaned up and ready to eat. So settle on in for a yummy Hawaiian Thanksgiving feast as the sun sets just beyond the railing of the ocean-side venue.
Maybe share a morsel with a friendly tropical bird perched upon the nearby chair.
Top it off with a delish dessert, and a post-dinner ocean side walk, with a backdrop of clouds on fire from the setting sun. Now wasn’t that a great Thanksgiving Day?
From Me To You – Happy Hawaiian Thanksgiving!
Yes, it was a splendidly gorgeous Thanksgiving Day on the enchanting Hawaiian island of Maui. But what did I truly treasure the most about our Hawaiian Thanksgiving?
That it was spent with my family! Because for me, that’s what Thanksgiving is all about. Oh, and the gorgeous sunset!
So whether it’s beachside in Hawaii or in a cramped kitchen in Pennsylvania, my favorite thing about Thanksgiving is spending it with family and friends.
So from me to you, my family and friends – Happy Thanksgiving!
How will you spend your Thanksgiving Day? Do you have a Thanksgiving tradition that you treasure?
Hope you enjoy this slide show of our family Hawaiian Thanksgiving!
All images from C.Biederman