Lana’i is such a tiny island, our grocery stores keep the basics and some “nice-to-haves” in stock, surely with not enough freezer space for thousands of frozen turkeys, so how do the residents of Lana’i get their Thanksgiving turkeys?
At the Turkey Giveaway!
Before the event happened, I had seen the words “Turkey Giveaway” on the girls’ hula schedule and tossed around in town, and I thought maybe it was a raffle situation, where some people won turkeys as a result of entering a contest. Turns out, everyone with a PO Box in town gets a turkey!
It’s a big event in town. Since we are new, we had to just give our name and PO Box; next year, we will be mailed a ticket as our voucher. You get a frozen turkey (approx 12 pounds) and a 5 lb bag of rice.
And many organizations are there helping to spread the word about what they do, from a women’s shelter to hospice to the community health center. It’s a major community event! There was even dancing! Hula and Tahitian!
The mayor of Maui was the one here giving them out. In the past, apparently the Governor of Hawaii has been here, or one of our senators or representatives.
So….that is how everyone gets a turkey! Stay tuned to hear about how we all get our Christmas trees (you may have noticed a little preview on Facebook today…)