Thanksgiving in Hawaii – Giving Thanks
Tis the season to be Thankful! I am thankful throughout the year but with Thanksgiving right around the corner I thought it would be fun to make a list of things I am thankful for. Even if you are not celebrating Thanksgiving in Hawaii you can incorporate some of the special Hawaii Activities and Hawaiian culture in your Thanksgiving celebration!
Our Country – I am thankful for my country and for all of those that have fought and continue to fight for our country. My recent visit to Pearl Harbor was extremely moving and gave me a chance to pay my respects those that died during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Poi – Many people return from Hawaii raving about the shave ice, shrimp trucks or fresh sushi but my favorite Hawaiian food is Poi. Poi has a variety of health benefits. While at Germaine’s Luau I went back for seconds of Poi after I was told about some of the benefits of this superfood. It provides an excellent source of fiber, vitamin B-1, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and iron. Poi is hypoallergenic and has been credited with saving the lives of several children with severe food allergies. Poi is a sacred and important dish to Hawaiians. It was believed that when the dish was served the spirit of Haloa was present so all conflict among family members had to stop immediately. If you are spending Thanksgiving in Hawaii be sure to try Poi!
Social Media – In 2013 Social Media has made it easier to connect with our clients as they share their experiences and photos from their Hawaii Vacations on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest and more! Through Social Media I have met many people including an amazing group of Travel Bloggers. Two of my favorite Travel Bloggers are Vanessa from Turnipseed Travel and Kimmy from AfterGlobe.net.
Laughter – I am so thankful for the gift of laughter. One of my favorite places on Oahu, Chief’s Luau, will have you laughing throughout the show. The Chief is hilarious and puts on an unforgettable show filled with music, dancing and fire. If you are looking for a special place to celebrate Thanksgiving on Oahu make reservations for Chief’s Luau Thanksgiving Day Luau!
Helicopter Tours – It wasn’t until I experienced Big Island Helicopter Tours that I realized how small we are in this world. Flying over Kilauea and seeing the lava bubbling and flowing truly put things in perspective.
Lava Flows and Mai Tais – Normally I am going 100 miles per hour trying to experience as many Hawaii Activities as possible but some of my favorite days are those that include time relaxing with a Lava Flow or a Mai Tai and reflecting on life in paradise.
Friends and Family – I have been so fortunate to spend time in Hawaii with great friends and family members. As I wrote in The Aloha Spirit one of the great things about Hawaii is I always meet new people and leave with more Ohana than I arrived with. I am thankful each day for my family and friends who offer encouragement and strength to me throughout the year. One of my favorite Hawaiian Proverbs is ‘Ike aku, ‘ike mai, kokua aku kokua mai; pela iho la ka nohana ‘ohana which is translated to: Recognize others, be recognized, help others, be helped; such is a family relationship. In the Ohana you help others and know you will be helped if there is anything you need. I am thankful that my family lives by this Hawaiian proverb and we are always there to help each other.
Whether you are spending Thanksgiving in Hawaii or any other part of the world I hope you have a wonderful holiday! What are you thankful for this year?