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A Friendsgiving Luau

The holidays are finally here and Thanksgiving is creeping up faster than anyone expected! It’s all about food, giving thanks, and being around our Ohana. Ohana doesn’t always refer to our biological family--it’s inclusive of our “extended” family, the friends that we call family.

This is why the “Friendsgiving” trend is more popular than you might think, especially among Millennials. It's a new tradition centered around connection and made for those who want to celebrate Thanksgiving outside of the main family dinner. It's a reason to have a second Thanksgiving dinner, spend time with the friends that matter the most, and to show appreciation to the people you call family (but aren't really family). Friendsgiving gives people the opportunity to host an outside-the-box event and create new traditions!

Typically, Friendsgiving is a potluck-style dinner where the host has the responsibility of solely cooking the turkey and gravy. Friendsgiving in and of itself is a made up "holiday" and is most common among young and innovative Millennials--why would you turn it into a Thanksgiving's clone? Having a theme, specifically a Hawaiian, will make it a unique dinner for the books. For all you attendees (and hosts), here’s the perfect guide to a Hawaiian Friendsgiving. Who said you couldn’t add a little bit of Aloha?



A Hawaiian-Portuguese Smoked Turkey

Yum! Hawaiian culture has a lot of Portuguese influences, and they’re all tied together in this recipe. My Recipes lays everything easily out so that anyone can take on the task of cooking the Friendsgiving turkey.



Cornbread and Portuguese Sausage Stuffing

 Whether you eat stuffing inside or outside the turkey, it’s a must for any Thanksgiving meal. However, this is Friendsgiving, right? This recipe on Foodland meshes the two well-known sides into a Hawaiian-inspired dish.



Purple Smashed Potatoes

Another way to add some Aloha to your Friendsgiving potluck is to change up the typical mashed potato dish. Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potatoes are a great substitute for regular potatoes and add some sweetness! Ono Yum also uploaded a video that simplifies the dish!



Pumpkin Haupia Pie

When we think of Thanksgiving and other fall desserts, we think of pie...specifically, pumpkin pie. You’d think adding a Hawaiian twist to pumpkin pie was too out-of-the-box, but this recipe on Ono Yum sounds so delicious! Haupia is a coconut milk-based Hawaiian dessert that, surprisingly, compliments the flavor of pumpkin pie!




Keep a theme going and incorporate the coconut flavors from Haupia into a drink! This blended drink will cater to all the guests with a sweet tooth. You’ll need:

  • 1 ¼ oz. White Crème de Cacao
  • 1 ¼ oz. Malibu Rum
  • 1 oz. Coco Lopez Syrup
  • 1 oz. Smoothie Mix

Luau Punch

It wouldn’t be a Friendsgiving luau without punch. The whole Ohana can enjoy this fruity beverage as it's booze-free, and it’s super easy to make. You’ll need:
  • 1 can of pineapple juice (46 fl. oz.)
  • 1 can of frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed (6 oz.)
  • 2 liters lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage (aka: Sprite)

You can serve it iced or slushed, or top it off with some fruit!



Start planning the ultimate Hawaiian Luau Friendsgiving with the people who matter most!