Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-11-24 23:24:21 –
Honolulu (KHON2) —Shoppers pack Thanksgiving meal essentials in grocery bags and prepare for a marathon to cook in advance as the holidays approach.
Josie Gabriel was shopping at the last minute at Foodland Farms. His mother, Ngaire Gabriel, visits him from Samoa after spending time away from the COVID pandemic.
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“I really want to do more, but she said no,” said Josie Gabriel. “We do turkey, ham. All the classic dishes, such as green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, and sausage stuffing.”
Grocery stores like Foodland began locking turkey orders and other items in the spring of 2021, knowing that their supply chains were affected by COVID-19. This allowed shoppers to find what they needed on the shelves, but perhaps at a higher price, even more noticeable to out-of-state visitors.
Hawaii’s President Tina Yamaki’s retailer said it would cost more to ship goods from the mainland and between neighboring islands.
“When I go shopping for groceries, I can see grocery invoices rising little by little, just a few months ago, compared to last year,” said Yamaki.
Some retailers, such as Wal-Mart and Target, will be closed for Thanksgiving Day. Shoppers should expect to be in a hurry on Wednesday evening.
In 2021, retailers advised shoppers to shop early to avoid queues and make sure the items they need are still available.
“My mom told me two weeks ago to look for turkeys and look for turkeys,” added Courtney Inter, who lives in Hawaii. “So, yeah, we got ours early.”
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By 2021, families will be more free to get together than in 2020. Ngaire Gabriel is grateful to spend her vacation with her son.
Ngaire Gabriel said, “That’s why I’m so happy I can’t explain. I’m very happy to be with him this year for Thanksgiving.”
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