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Taking time to get out of town and embrace the best of an island getaway is always a good idea. If that trip happens to be headed towards Hawaii over the Thanksgiving holiday, even better! A holiday trip is a good time to establish new traditions while exploring places far from home alongside those you love most. Of course, having some of the top spots on your holiday itinerary can make the moment that much more meaningful. The following are just a few of the many options you’ll want to be sure to enjoy this Thanksgiving in Hawaii when you’re the type of traveler that can’t wait to maximize every moment of holiday fun!

Enjoy a Snorkeling Experience

Perhaps one of the most thrilling aspects of a Thanksgiving in Hawaii adventure is the fact that you don’t have to worry about the cold or snow! In fact, it’s a great time of year to keep those summer-focused activities going while still indulging in the holiday fun as well. If you’re the type of traveler looking to make the most of time in the water during your Thanksgiving stay, head over to destinations like Hapuna Beach and Kahalu’u Beach Park on the western part of the island to enjoy exceptional snorkeling experiences while you’re in town. Here, the water is clear and the abundance of marine animal and plant life waiting to be observed is sure to inspire.

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Kona Baptist Church Thanksgiving Dinner

No matter where you find yourself on Thanksgiving, for many people, it’s hard to make it feel right without a delicious meal included in the lineup of activities. A trip to Hawaii is no exception to that rule. If you’re looking forward to pairing your island holiday adventures with a home-style meal to match, head over to the Kona Baptist Church on Thanksgiving Day to enjoy an outdoor Thanksgiving dinner in good company. This delicious annual event is hosted on the property’s back lanai and is open to anyone looking for a savory meal and to meet some new friends too. Kona Baptist Church is located at 78-7156 Puuloa Road in Kailua-Kona.

Take a Holiday Helicopter Tour

There’s hardly anything more exciting than considering taking your time off for a Thanksgiving in Hawaii. A bird’s eye view on the stunning landscape is readily available for those who book helicopter tours while they’re in town. Consider starting your journey with Kohala Coast Adventure. This company offers 45- to 50-minute tours that average around $309 per person. Tours depart from the Waikoloa heliport. Once you’re up in the air, you’ll be privy to unsurpassed views of stunning sea cliffs, lush valleys, amazing waterfalls and more. Wherever it is your tour takes you, this is a Thanksgiving activity you’ll

Savor an Oceanfront Luau

While it may be a step away from that traditional Thanksgiving meal, attending an oceanfront luau while you’re here for the holiday is a great way to embrace the local culture and curb some serious cravings too! There are many companies on the Big Island offering customized luau experiences that include a feast, performances and even fire dancing! Many of these luaus offer up a free cocktail or two to kick things off. No matter which you choose to enjoy, it’s a family-friendly event that promises to be the highlight of your holiday getaway. Plan on spending anywhere from 2.5 to 3 hours at any luau you book this time of year.

Enjoy a Traditional Dinner in Your Vacation Rental

If a home-cooked meal is the pinnacle of the perfect Thanksgiving getaway, there’s no reason you can’t have it in Hawaii. Booking a vacation rental through the property professionals at Venture Hawaii gets you settled in a home away from home that can include a full kitchen upon request. Many of these culinary spaces enjoy plenty of counterspace, modern appliances, and cabinets already stocked with cookware and bakeware too. That means that no matter what your preferred holiday dish may be, you can have it ready in no time to enjoy. When it’s time to dine, gather around a large dining room table with family and friends to head outdoors and make the most of an alfresco holiday moment or two. Either way the choice is yours and that’s exactly as it should be!

Book Your Stay Today

When you’re ready to enjoy the best that Hawaii has to offer, the team at Venture Hawaii has you covered. Reach out today to learn more about our many beautiful and inviting vacation rentals across the island and how we can help you start planning your next trip. Whether you’re plans bring you this way for Thanksgiving or any other time of year, we’re happy to handle the details so you can focus on the fun. We can’t wait to see you in Hawaii soon!