With four times the customers on Thanksgiving Eve compared to a normal day, maneuvering the aisles at the Costco in Iwilei was not an easy task.
"I went to K-Mart earlier and the parking lot was full. I was trying to stay away from the supermarket so I figured I'd come to Costco. But it's still crowded," said last-minute shopper Cheryl Santiago.
The bakery which normally sells 80 pies a day, was expected to sell over three thousand on Thanksgiving Eve. While pastries and stuffing were plentiful, the main feature of the Thanksgiving feast was hard to find.
"They've run out of turkey at Costco yesterday. We didn't know, I'm guessing ham now." said last-minute shopper Jason Belair.
Those who were on the turkey hunt found it to be frustrating. The Foodland at Market City ran out as well, as did many other local stores.
"We'll there's no turkey right now. I'm planning on catching my own turkey!" laughed shopper Bridgette McShane
Even if you were able to score a turkey at the last minute, you'll notice prices are going to higher than they were last year. Thanks to the drought in the Midwest, turkey prices are about three percent higher compared to 2011.
The American Farm Bureau Federation says the average American cooking a meal for ten will spend 30 cents more than last year. But for some Hawaii shoppers, it will be well over that amount.
"We're gonna be $500-$600 dollars into it by the end of the trip," said Belair.
"It's pretty much expensive last-minute. I thought it would be cheaper but it seems like it's more," said McShane.