Hilton Hawaiian Village prepares Thanksgiving meals for hundreds in need

Hilton Hawaiian Village

Hundreds of people in need will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal this year, thanks to Hilton Hawaiian Village.

For the 21st year in a row, dozens of Hilton employees will serve more than 400 traditional Thanksgiving lunches to people at the Institute for Human Services.

The feast will include 250 pounds of turkey, 11 gallons of gravy, 175 pounds each of stuffing and rice, 80 pounds of mixed vegetables, 11 gallons of cranberry sauce and 60 pumpkin pies.

“We have about 50 cooks on staff on any given day throughout the outlets, from 4 a.m. to one in the morning actually, so we’ve got a lot of staff that works in and out. They do their shift and we do cooking rotations of turkeys, prep times, and just a lot of work needs to be done,” said Brooke Tadena, executive banquet chef at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Tadena says it takes about two weeks to plan everything, but “it’s definitely worth it. Everyone loves holidays, and this is part of our job, part of our profession. We feed people, we nourish them and we make them happy.”

In addition to donating all the food, Hilton employees assist with planning the event, recruiting volunteers, delivering tables, decorating, providing entertainment, and cleaning up.

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