Thanksgiving events begin today

KAUA‘I — Thanksgiving is around the corner and there are several goings-on around the island to help celebrate and get into the holiday spirit.

Turkey Day festivities kick off early with Thanksgiving Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Kapa‘a Beach Park.

Sponsored by ‘Ohana Christian Fellowship Church, the event will provide those who are less fortunate with a free turkey lunch, as well as clothing, linens and slippers.

For more information call 245-6857.

In honor of the season and to give thanks, The Salvation Army of Kaua‘i is hosting a pair of Thanksgiving community luncheons Wednesday.

The first is the 50th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e. The event will feature a traditional meal including turkey, stuffing, gravy and all the fixings, as well as live entertainment provided by ‘Ilima Rivera and the Hau‘oli Dancers.

For more information contact the Lihu‘e Corps at 245-2571.

The Salvation Army, Hanapepe Corps, will also be giving thanks by serving a traditional Thanksgiving Luncheon beginning at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Hanapepe Salvation Army Community Center, next to the ballpark in Hanapepe.

For more information contact the Hanapepe Corps at 335-5441.

Those not interested in the traditional turkey and fixings should consider attending a vegan Thanksgiving picnic and dinner gathering from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in Anahola. The event is open to the public and those wishing to share a dish are encouraged to do so.

For exact location and more information contact Radha at 551-6610.

Finally, for those feeling energetic and wishing to burn some calories — and guilt — prior to Thanksgiving’s gluttonous feast, the Kapa‘a Turkey Trot is from 6:45 to 10 a.m. Thursday. This fun, informal 5K/10K walk, run or bike starts and finishes at Kapa‘a Beach Park on Ke Ala Hele Makalae (the Eastside bicyle path).

The event is free but donations are appreciated for Kaua‘i Path to fund its Adopt-A-Park commitment to keeping the bicycle path beautiful.

For more information contact Kapa‘a Beach Park at 822-5075.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Garden



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