Last week the New York Times published an article titled, “The United States of Thanksgiving” with recipes that “evoke each of the 50 states.”  I immediately searched for Hawaii’s dish and saw they listed “Mochi Stuffed Rice.”  While I never tasted that dish I can tell you that a favorite at most Thanksgiving tables here on the Big Island is “Kalua Turkey.”  A friend of mine has a big family and they’re placing three 20lb turkeys in their imu (a type of underground oven traditionally seen at luaus). The turkeys cook in the imu all day (Really! 8+ hours) beneath a blanket of banana leaves, ti leaves, coconut palm leaves and other aromatic vegetation.  The result is meat that's juicy, succulent and so thoroughly moist it falls off the bone...

...then again, we also enjoy caring for the wild turkeys that walk right up to our back door!

Kohala Coast holiday vacationers enjoy Thanksgiving luaus, beachside barbecues, drives up Mauna Kea, and stand up paddle boarding in the pristine ocean.  Many people open their homes to visitors, exemplifying the "Aloha" spirit, and sharing their thanks for being fortunate enough to live on this beautiful, vibrant island.

Escape another snow-packed winter and visit BigIslandVacationProperties.com to reserve a home now.  The lush Palm Villas at Mauna Lani Resort has a few openings left for this season so contact me today at 808-885-6939, cindimorgan@hawaii.rr.com.