Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Celebrate Thanksgiving at Royal Hawaiian Center

Royal Hawaiian Center

The symptoms are there. Your berries look pale, your pumpkin's watery and your wings are totally weak. Yep, you've got a serious case of bird flu... of the turkey variety. You probably caught it last year after The Great Thanksgiving Gate of 2012 (let's just say deep frying the turkey was a touch more complicated than it sounded). Now the idea of cooking Thanksgiving dinner is enough to turn your beans green.

Better make an appointment to see Royal Hawaiian Center. Lucky for you, it's treating patients all Thanksgiving Day and night with mouth-watering holiday feasts that range from the traditional to the, well, not. Unlike you, Wolfgang's Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener and Il Lupino will have the whole prix fixe roast-turkey-stuffing-mashed-potatoes shebang down pat. Don't be alarmed if your mouth waters at the thought of pancetta-and-Italian-sausage stuffing or luscious lobster bisque - that's just the medicine doing it's thing.

Still can't look a turkey in the wattle? No worries there. Royal Hawaiian Center has enough sushi, ramen, tacos, wontons and other cuisine from restaurants like Doraku Sushi and Five-Star International Buffet to give you food-nesia for a day while retaining the most festive part of the holiday: good old-fashioned gluttony.

Royal Hawaiian Center The newly renovated Royal Grove also offers a special remedy on Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve: Kawika Trask and friends will be administering family entertainment at 6 p.m. with Celtic Pipes and Drums doling out holiday favorites later in the night. Santa Claus himself will make an appearance to welcome guests, take photos and light the Center's 25-foot Christmas tree (the man has a M.D. in merry-making).

But the real key to your rehab? Tried-and-true shopping therapy. With every store in the Center open on Thanksgiving Day - seriously guys, we're talking 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. - do your shaken nerves a favor and get your retail buzz on before Black Friday crowds descend. You'll feel loads better when Salvatore Ferragamo, Tory Burch and Fendi join your holiday get-together. Don't forget the Apple Store - it's the only one in the state open all Thanksgiving Day.

Apple is way better than pumpkin.

Royal Hawaiian Center is located at 2201 Kalakaua Ave. Get one hour of free parking with validation ($10 minimum purchase required), then pay just $1 per hour for the next three hours. For more information, visit

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Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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