HUFFINGTON POST
10/27/2011 04:35 pm ET Updated Dec 24, 2011

Thanksgiving In Hawaii: A MapQuest Guide

Thanksgiving in Hawaii is a time for gathering with family and loved ones, expressing gratitude and, of course, eating. As part of TurkeyQuest -- a MapQuest guide to Thanksgiving events, featuring everything from parades to holiday sales to activities for families -- here are two of the best ways to experience Thanksgiving in Hawaii and one opportunity to give back to others.

Hawaii Thanksgiving Events Map

Honolulu Turkey Trot


The Honolulu Marathon Clinic sponsors a race for serious runners on Thanksgiving Day. Unlike most events of its type, there is no advance registration for this Turkey Trot. The route is kept secret until the morning of the race, ensuring the integrity of the competition. Every runner is given a tongue depressor on which to record his or her name and predicted run time. Prizes are awarded not to the fastest times, but to the runners who come closest to their predicted time. Watches, pacers and other electronic devices are prohibited during the race. The race registration starts at 6:30 a.m. at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand, and the fee is $5 per person. There is no age limit, but only experienced runners are encouraged to compete.

2805 Monsarrat Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815

Thanksgiving Sunset Cruise


The Pacific Whale Foundation offers a unique whale-watching Thanksgiving experience. During the two-hour Thanksgiving Sunset Dinner Cruise on Thanksgiving Day, passengers enjoy traditional turkey and stuffing alongside ham, baked with guava sauce, and steamed Hawaiian vegetables. While passengers enjoy their dinners, the ship cruises the same routes of the humpback whales as they migrate south for the winter. Whale-watching dinner tickets cost $84.95 for adults and $44.95 for children ages 3 to 12. The ship departs at 5 p.m.

612 Front St., Lahaina, HI 96761

Volunteer: Kona Task Force Meet 'N' Eat


Even people living in a tropical paradise need help from time to time, and that’s where the Kona Task Force steps in. The Thanksgiving Meet 'N' Eat, led by the Kona Task Force, is an annual project that provides a traditional Hawaiian Thanksgiving dinner completely prepared and served by volunteers. The meal includes turkey and dressing, but in past years has also included emu, fish and pork. Funded by the United Way, the program also provides a weekly dinner at the Kealakehe Intermediate School. The school is wheelchair accessible.

74-5062 Onipa'a St., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 | Go to Huffington Post Impact to see how else you can volunteer.

Thanksgiving In Hawaii: Video

Passengers enjoy whale-watching with the Pacific Whale Foundation, which hosts annual Thanksgiving sunset cruises featuring traditional Hawaiian fare.

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