Tryptophanatics rejoice—its turkey time. And while for many that means staying home all day cooking, others opt for the easier route and let someone else do the work. If you fall into the latter group, check out one of these choice options.
Coconut Grill is featuring a prime rib and seafood buffet for $34.95—keiki $15.95 and wee ones under age 4 free—and has a seafood bar with oysters on the half shell and crab legs. Other oceanic selections include shrimp and clam scampi and dill battered mahi. All this plus barbeque ribs, smoked pit ham, turkey and prime rib. Desserts include tarts, cakes and pies. Coconut Grill (100 W. Kaahumanu Ave.Kahului, HI 96732, 808-871-8881)
Mulligan’s on the Blue is featuring a buffet for $25 from 4-8pm. Their traditional turkey will be served with butternut squash and seafood bisque, as well as a green bean almondine. They top it off nicely with apple crisp and haupia. Mulligan’s on the Blue (100 Kaukahi St.Wailea, HI 96753, 808-874-1131)
Moana Cafe has an all you can eat buffet for $26.95—$9.95 for keiki, and 6 and under are free—that starts at 3pm and seats ’til 7pm. Plenty of roasted turkey and such on the menu, but some of the things that got me excited are the sweet potato croquets, pumpkin lumpia and the German chocolate cake. The bakery is always incredible, and the subtly Asian-influenced flavors can’t be beat. Moana Cafe (71 Baldwin Ave.Paia, HI 96779, 808-579-9999)
The King Kamehameha Golf Club brunch starts at 10am and costs $39 for adults, kids half price, 5 and under free. The pupus alone are impressive, with shrimp cocktail, sushi, smoked salmon, cheese and fruits. They also have quite an array of salads. Their meats include roast turkey, prime rib, pork loin, shortribs and mahimahi, while pumpkin pie, cream pie, creme brulee and cheesecake grace the dessert table. Take it all in with breathtaking Haleakala views. King Kamehameha Golf Club (2500 Honoapiilani Hwy.Wailuku, HI 96793, 808-249-2544)
Tiki Terrace Buffet starts at 11am for $38.95, kids 6-12 $22. Dinner seating is 3:30-7pm. Kaanapali Beach Hotel’s all you can eat buffets are infamous with the locals, and this is no exception, with Hawaiian music and hula between 5-7:30pm. Tiki Terrace (2525 Kaanapali Pkwy.Lahaina, HI 96761, 808-661-0011)
Makawao Rodeo General starts serving turkey at 10am; their turkey dinner is $10.99, or you can get all of the fixin’s pre-made and by the pound, from butternut squash soup to prime rib. For the meat-averse, they offer an arugula lentil loaf dinner, served with mashed potatoes, green beans almondine, cranberry sauce and a roll. Makawao Rodeo General (3661 Baldwin Ave.Makawao, HI 96768, 808-572-1868)
Mala Wailea will be serving a diverse buffet that offers the non-turkey lover some refuge. Many Asian and Mediterranean cues are taken, from Gado Gado salad to the hummus and pita at the salad bar. Tofu shows up under the entrees with the Balinese stir-fry. And carnivores won’t be disappointed, with prime rib, herb-crusted turkey and citrus-glazed ham at the carving station. Starts at 3pm with an early seating for $44.50, $25 for 12 and under, and from 5-9pm, $49.50, $27 for 12 and under. Mala Wailea (3700 Wailea Alanui Dr.
Wailea, HI 96753, 808-875-9394)
Meanwhile, Stella Blues serves up a traditional menu with a twist—fresh opah lettuce cups and Waldorf salad, plus hummus with crab-stuffed mahi and veggie stir-fry. Stella Blues (1279 South Kihei Rd., # 201 Kihei, HI 96753, 808-874-3779)
David Paul Island Grill’s pre fixe menu for $48 has five courses: an artichoke crab dip starter, kabocha squash soup, apple blue cheese salad, the zinfandel-roasted turkey with truffled succotash and your choice of sweet potato pecan pie ala mode, pumpkin ice cream or Bavarian cream with liqueur. David paul Island Grills (900 Front St. Suite A101.Lahaina, HI 96761, 808-662-3000)
Lulu’s Kihei has a three-course traditional dinner for $19 that features some nice island style touches like Kalua turkey, pineapple cranberry sauce and Portuguese sausage stuffing. Lulu’s Kihei (1945 S. Kihei Rd.Kihei, HI 96753, 808-879-9944)
Ruth’s Chris in Lahaina and Wailea will be serving their traditional Thanksgiving three-course repast, starting with crab chowder or house salad, followed by the roasted turkey plate. Their pre fixe dinner is $45, $19 for 12 and under. Ruth’s Chris (900 Front St.Lahaina, HI 96761, 808-661-8815)
RB Black Angus (4465 Honoapiilani Highway.Lahaina, HI 96761, 808-669-8889)in Kahana is serving a three-course dinner for $24.95, while Canoes (1450 Front St.Lahaina, HI 96761, 808-661-0937) will be offering up a three-courser with seating starting at 3pm for $35.95.
TRADITIONAL TURKEY PLATES
It’s an Irish pub feast at Dog and Duck—you know the mashed potatoes here are the best, and their turkey dinner is $15 including dessert, with kids getting half price. Come any time all day. Dog and Duck (1913 S. Kihei Rd.Kihei, HI 96753, 808-875-9669)
Moose McGillycuddy’s in both Lahaina (844 Front St.Lahaina, HI 96761, 808-667-7758) and Kihei (2511 S. Kihei Rd.Kihei, HI 96753, 808-891-8600) features a Thanksgiving feast replete with macadamia nut and Italian sausage stuffing for $15.95, starting at 2pm. Da Kitchen’s Kihei location (2439 S. Kihei Rd.Kihei, HI 96753, 808-875-7782) dishes a predictably heaping turkey plate, with mashed potatos, stuffing and gravy, from 9am-9pm for $12.50. Big Wave (1215 S. Kihei Rd.Kihei, HI 96753, 808-891-8688) starts their three-course dinner at 4pm for $19.95.
NON-TRADITIONAL TURKEY PLATES
Lahaina Grill opens a half-hour early to seat for Thanksgiving and serves their usual menu, but will be offering an amazing turkey plate with cranberry relish, yam and Brussels sprouts for $41. Lahaina Grill (1215 S. Kihei Rd.Kihei, HI 96753, 808-891-8688)
The Turducken feast for $10 at Mulligan’s at the Wharf is bound to be all kinds of fun, with the centerpiece that unholy delicious matrimony of turkey, duck and chicken. Mulligan’s at the Wharf (658 Front St., Lahaina, HI 96761, 808-661-8881)
Beach Bums Bar and Grill (300 Maalaea Rd. # 1M, Ma’alaea, HI 96793, 808-243-2286) is serving turkey and other meats from their smoker for $18.95 with all the fixin’s. Meanwhile, Hyatt’s got sustainable turkey—organic birds from Diestal Farm in Sonoma, California, served at Umalu (200 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina, HI 96761, 808-661-1234), Cascades (200 Nohea Kai Dr., Lahaina, HI 96761, 808-667-4727) or at the Drums of the Pacific (200 Nohea Kai Dr., Lahaina, HI 96761, 808-661-1234) . Finally, head out on the water with the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Thanksgiving cruise, setting sail from Lahaina Harbor.