7 Things To Do in Maui During Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a huge holiday in the United States. The holiday kicks off the Holiday Season on the fourth Thursday of November. It is the time where families and friends meet, celebrate through drinks and a few Turkey dishes, and of course, watching American football. Some cities hold parades with brass bands and float to complete the festive season.

There are also some who would do away with the usual celebration of Thanksgiving and would take this as their opportunity to relax and visit someplace such as the island of Maui. Well, Maui is such a beautiful place the thought of visiting this place during Thanksgiving is very tempting. So, why spend your Thanksgiving in Maui? Check out the answers below:

Turkey Trot

The event takes place very early in the morning, so if you are an early riser, then this activity is for you. Turkey Trot starts as soon as 7:00 AM and is presented by Valley Isle Road Runners. There are two different races that participants can choose from — the 16.2-mile race or the 8.6-mile race which is both held at Rice Park in Kula.

Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise

There is no celebration without food, and there is no better idea than having a bountiful dinner while whale watching. The Pacific Whale Foundation hosts the dinner cruise, and the cruise departs at Lahaina Harbor 2:00 PM and 5:00-5:30 PM. The guests will be entertained with live music, buffet, and cocktails while enjoying the outdoor scenery.

Watch the Maui Jim Invitational

Who says you can only watch football on Thanksgiving? In Maui, you’ll get to enjoy a basketball tournament through Maui Jim Invitational. Since 1984 up to now, more or less 108 schools participate in this tournament every year. Teams include Georgetown, North Carolina, Oregon State, and other who even played at the Wayne Duke Championship.

Thanksgiving Day Luau

Thanksgiving in Maui wouldn’t be complete without spending it with luaus. Yes, you can still enjoy your favorite Turkey with Thanksgiving Luau, but this comes with a twist — you’ll be ingesting your turkey with Polynesian dancers entertaining you along with the other guests. Many hotels in Maui features Thanksgiving Day Luau’s, but we recommend Old Lahaina Luau for a more authentic experience. 

Thanksgiving Picnic

Magnificent sceneries surround Maui, and the best way to enjoy them is through a picnic. Since visitors flock on the island on Thanksgiving, many stores and local diners offer Thanksgiving meal for take-out which you can bring to your picnic at the beach. And you might as well take a dip on the cold sea to burn those extra calories after.

Whale Watching on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on November, and we all know that around November, Humpback whales swim back to the water of Maui. So this could be a great time to go whale watching!

Join Paddle for Hunger

One of the highlights in Maui Thanksgiving Day celebration is the Paddle for Hunger. It is a race for a great cause which is helping the less fortunate. Entry fee is a non-perishable donation, and the contest or competition is based on skill. So if you want to enjoy the most of your stay in Maui and be able to help others, then Paddle for Hunger is for you.