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Kauai Thanksgiving 2015


Thanksgiving in Kauai. Photo by Daniel lane/Pono Photo.

Thanksgiving in Kauai. Photo by Daniel Lane/Pono Photo.

Dan, Michelle and I wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving! We certainly have a lot to be grateful for, including your support. Thank you for reading our blog posts, taking our tours and reading our restaurant guidebook. We appreciate your positive feedback and personally, I love seeing the joy on some of your faces as you tell me how useful and enjoyable you find our tours and book. So, as we say in Hawaii, mahalo nui loa hoomanao aloha, thank you very much, we remember with affection.
If you’re making a special dinner at home, I’ll be posting some recipes that include healthy snacks, side dishes and gluttonous desserts, all made with locally grown ingredients. Look for those in the coming weeks. This Kauai Thanksgiving 2015 blog post is for those of you who want to celebrate each other by dining out. Linger and examine these menus, you still have plenty of time to make reservations!
Hukilau Lanai  will be serving a traditional roast turkey dinner with all the fixings plus a portion of favorites from our regular menu such as ahi poke nachos, sweet potato ravioli, prime rib, fresh fish, homemade pasta, pumpkin crunch, cranberry apple crisp and Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory mousse.
Oasis On The Beach

  • Root Vegetable Salad – Beet chips, roasted carrots, brie, buttered candied pecans and flowers salad
  • Kabocha Lemongrass Samosas – Coconut milk, smoked poblano iberico ham jam and honey
  • Blackened Scallop – Lilikoi beurre blanc, radish, micro greens, pea shoots, pepita dust

Botani ‘12 Dry Moscat, Spain or Triennes Rose

  • Adobo Braised Turkey Breast – Nopalitos, sourdough/jalapeno/olive stuffing, red bell puree
  • Makaweli Ranch Filet Mignon – Roasted tomato & leek, rosemary brandy cream sauce, red bliss wedges
  • Market Catch of the Day –  Kabocha mash, tempura fried green beans, cranberry/apple relish
  • Sourdough/ Jalapeno/ Olive Stuffing (vegetarian) – Vegetable tempura, cranberry/apple relish, pea shoots

Bishops Peak Chardonnay or  Ca’Momi Cabernet ‘13, Napa

  • Cranberry/Apple Relish $7
  • Roasted Garlic Red Bliss Mash $7
  • Gravy $3
  •  Sourdough/Jalapeno/Olive Stuffing $7


  • Candied Okinawa Sweet Potato Tartlets with crispy oat topping
  • Chocolate Flourless Tort – Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero and Coffee meringue, berry redux, chili pepper dust

Kopke Tawny 10 yr Port or Grahams Six Grapes Port
$75 per person/$30 additional wine pairing
Oasis supports the local community by featuring local products provided by Aunti Lisa, Kailani Farms, M&H Kaneshiro Farm, Kevin Yamase, Kieth Silva, Makaweli Meat Co., Making Goods, Papalani Gelato, Strong Organics and Wootens Produce of Kauai. (808) 822 9332 or reservations available on Open Table
Kauai Beer Company is available for holiday office parties. Rent the hallway or have the entire brewery to yourself. Prices start as low as $12 per person for a three pupu menu.
Popular pupu choices:

  • Melted Brie, Fire Roasted Tomato Jam Crostinis
  • Melted Brie, Pesto and Ham Crostinis
    Local Chevre, Jalapeno Jam and Bacon Crostinis
  • Jalapeno-Ginger Taro Cakes
  • Taro Roll Ponzu Pulled Pork Sliders
  • Jamaican Jerk Chicken Butter Leaf Lettuce Cups
  • Roasted Vegetable and Pesto Panini Bites
  • Curried Butternut Squash Samosas
  • Reuben Lumpias

From Thomas Pickett at Kilauea Bakery and Pau Hana Pizza:

“We have a Ten Mile Pumpkin pie that’s 95-percent locally sourced within 10 miles. Ulu crust, kabocha pumpkin filling, traditional spices. Vegan, gluten-free, GMO-free, organic. $24.00. Come try a slice first, available by the slice.”

Thanksgiving dinner at Nanea, 3 to 9 p.m. adult and keiki menu. Reservations are highly recommended, call 808-827-8808. Thanksgiving items at Princeville Market available from 2 to 8 p.m. Items are available for preorder and on Thanksgiving day. Quantities are limited so preorders and prepayment are recommended. Pies from Kauai Bakery in Lihue are also available on Wednesday at noon for pickup.
As the thriving foodie hub on the South Side of Kauai, Living Foods Gourmet Market is thrilled to be preparing for the holiday season. As Thanksgiving approaches, Chef Justin Kai and his culinary team are busy finalizing new recipes, as well as old favorites.
For the third year, the market is offering free-range turkeys from the Diestel Family Ranch in Sonora, California. This particular ranch is known for their farming practices including feeding the finest one hundred percent vegetarian U.S. sourced grains, as well as never administering growth stimulants, antibiotics or artificial flavors. Pre-orders for an uncooked 10-12 lb. and 12-14 lb. turkey can be made at the market, or by calling 808-742-2323. Pick-up for turkeys begins on Saturday, November 21st through Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving Day)
If you are looking to enhance your Thanksgiving menu, Living Foods is offering unique side dishes including Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, Maple Roasted Yams and Carrots, as well as Brussels Sprouts with Roasted Bacon, Garlic and Lemon. Classic favorites are also available like Stuffing with Dried Fruit, Celery and Sage, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. If sweets are on the mind, you can order a Pumpkin Pie, Walnut Tart or “Frank’s Famous Pumpkin Crunch Cheesecake.” All orders must be pre-paid by November 24, 2015, and can be picked up on Thursday, November 26th from 8am until 2pm.
Living Foods Gourmet Market and Cafe, located in The Shops at Kukuiula, is open 7 days a week from 7 am to 9 pm. They offer over 3,000 items in the market including organics, gluten free products, local produce and much more. The cafe is open from 7 to 11:30 am for breakfast and 11:30 am to 8 pm for lunch and dinner. The Juice Bar at Living Foods is open from 8am until 5pm. For more information, phone 808-742-2323.