It’s the most exciting time of the year to be in Hawaii! This holiday season, take advantage of the best places to visit and eat while traveling to the Big Island's Kohala Coast. Hau’oli La Ho’omakika’i (Happy Thanksgiving) and Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas)!
Merriman’s Waimea is best known for its fresh, locally sourced menu. Their four-course Thanksgiving menu is no exception and sounds like the perfect way to spend the evening with your loved ones. Call 808-885-6822 to make a reservation. Celebrate Thanksgiving with Aloha.
Hamakua Mushroom Bisque
Wow Farms Tomato and Avocado Salad
Kona Cold Lobster and Dungeness Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Hapa Poke – Ahi & Ono with Jalapeno and Crushed Avocado
Hirabara Farms Kale & Butter Lettuce
The Harvest Plate
Roasted Tenderloin of Beef from Parker Ranch
Macadamia Nut Crusted Kampachi
Butter Poached Kona Lobster
Trio of Bars: Pumpkin, Chocolate Haupia and Lilikoi
Hilton Waikoloa Village is hosting stunning holiday dinners at their Water’s Edge Ballroom. Take the stress out of meal prep, have a glass of champagne and enjoy a buffet of food perfect for celebrations in paradise. Complete the evening with live music and entertainment!
Waimea’s famous Christmas Parade is the second oldest in Hawai’i. This year's theme is “Truckers Light The Town,” honoring truckers in the community, and will take place on Saturday, December 2 at 5:30 p.m. The parade begins at the east end of Historic Church Row Park and will travel through Waimea, concluding at Waimea Park.
Every year, the Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade features dozens of floats representing Waimea keiki to kupuna — including schools, youth groups, farms, ranches and businesses, plus a huge brigade of festively lighted trucks. As always, Santa has promised to ride in the parade. After the parade, visit with keiki at Parker Ranch Center’s Fireside Food Court.
Celebrate New Year's Eve with a memorable evening filled with delicious cuisine and amazing entertainment! Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is hosting two special dining options. Choose from the Canoe House’s amazing five-course dinner or the New Year’s Eve Oceanside Dinner Buffet. After dinner, continue the festivities at the New Year’s Eve Oceanside After Party with desserts, party favors, dance music, midnight champagne toast and fireworks. Start 2018 the best way possible.
Join the annual tradition of pounding mochi (rice cakes) for good luck in the New Year. The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 30 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m and will include a local-style lunch, food vendors, storytelling, Okinawan taiko drumming and more.
Photo courtesy of Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast.