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How to bring the island spirit into your home and garden for Thanksgiving

Kathleen Brenzel,  – October 4, 2006

Order leis for family and friends. Have them shipped from the islands to your home the day before Thanksgiving. (One island source we’ve used: Or visit, a Southern California-based supplier.

Create a leafy runner for your dinner table. Use ti (“tee”) or banana leaves and snippets of ferns. Add a few anthuriums, dendrobium orchids, or sprays of yellow oncidiums. Some nurseries and florists sell tropicals by the stem at this time of year. Or order direct from the islands from a source such as Hawaiian Tropicals Direct or

Place tiki torches among greenery in your garden, and portable lanterns along the entry walk.

Play Hawaiian music. Some of our favorite CDs: Soliloquy: Ka Leo O Loko, Keola Beamer; Rust on the Moon, Mihana; Black Sand, Led Kaapana; Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, various artists.

Mix up some mai tais.  Click here for our favorite recipe.