Celebrating Thanksgiving and the Holidays on Kauai!
What a great day it is here on Kauai! The sun is shining and the lush tropical landscapes really put a smile on our faces as we move about the island. There is also a feeling of gratitude that we are focusing on today, because the Holiday season is here and that brings a lot of excitement to the Garden Island. Yes, we just Enjoyed another Halloween with kids trick-or-treating in costumes and, in just a few weeks people all across the country are gathering with Friends and Family to celebrate Thanksgiving! That is definitely something to smile about! :- )
Today in our first Holiday 2015 Feature Story, we are excited to share Tips for having a Great Thanksgiving here on Kauai AND a Preview of Christmas Activities that are happening this year. We also have the inside scoop on how to prepare a great Thanksgiving meal, which restaurants are having special dinners, and of course… how to get our FAVORITE annual delicacy: Imu Turkey! Just wait till you hear about that!
Enjoy A Delicious, Island-Style Imu Turkey Dinner At Home!
Let’s jump right in and talk about one of Kauai’s most savory secrets: Imu Turkey! An Imu is an underground oven that has been part of Hawaiian cuisine for centuries. It includes a deep pit about six feet long and four feet wide, with a fire built at the bottom and covered with rocks. These rocks retain heat after the embers burn out and once it becomes really hot, the pit is lined with traditional vegetation including banana leaves and palms.
Then, the magic happens! A fresh turkey from one of Kauai’s local markets is placed into the imu, along with Hawaiian herbs and spices where they Kalua (bake in the steaming process) until the proper meat temperature is achieved. Then, your amazing meal is pulled out of the imu and ready for your Thanksgiving dinner plate where the oh-so-moist turkey slides of the bone and into your watering mouth!
Now here is more great news: How to get your own Imu Turkey!
Another Thanksgiving Feast for Friends and Family at the Naupaka Terrace
Another Great Place for Thanksgiving Dinner – Merriman’s in Poipu!
A Succulent Thanksgiving Buffet at the St. Regis Resort in Princeville!
Giving Thanks with Your Family and Friends - Kauai Style!
Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks: More Festive Kauai Holiday Traditions!
Immerse Yourself in the Holiday Spirit at the Annual Festival of Lights!
The Festival of Lights began over 50 years ago on Oahu, then moved to Kauai for the past 19 years. Founded by “Auntie” Josie Chansky, the Festival was once held at her house where she displayed her festive crafts for everyone to Enjoy. In 1996, Auntie Josie had a yard sale and sold her ornaments and decorations. Good thing local artist Elizabeth Freeman bought all of Auntie Josie’s displays and donated them to the County of Kauai, which is how the Festival moved to Lihue in 1996.
Friends and visitors from all over the world come to the Festival and depart with their holiday spirits soaring! This year, the Festival of Lights begins Friday, December 4, 2015 and runs the entire month of December on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6 PM to 8 PM. There are plenty of local crafts created by Kauai artisans for you to browse, so come on out and find one-of-a-kind Holiday gifts!
Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka from the Kauai Museum!
The Holiday Season Lights Up with the Lights on Rice Street Parade!
Yes, the annual Lights on Rice Street Parade is happening Friday, December 4, 2015 at 6 PM, and coincides with the Kauai Festival of Lights and lighting of the Historic County Building and Royal Palms. All of Rice Street is closed from 5:30 PM onward for the bustling event that is one of Kauai’s largest attractions!
More Things to See and Do in the Coming Weeks!
Experience the Kauai Island Crafters Fair in Lihue
On Saturday, November 21st 2015 from 8 AM to 2 PM, come visit the Kauai Veteran’s Center for a day of arts and crafts at the Kauai Island Crafters Fair! Kauai’s artists and crafters are displaying their authentic goods, including an array of quality, hand-made products from handbags and floral hairpins to Hawaiian quilts. You’ll also find professional photographs of Kauai’s scenery plus beachwear and more crafts with Hawaiian flare.