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The Willows Restaurant

December 9, 2012

Bring The Willows Home This New Year

Ready or not, 2012 is coming to an end. It can be a stressful time of year, but there are many wonderful things about the holiday season, such as family, food, friends and more food. But if you’re like me, cooking (along with the prepping and cleaning) is the last thing you want to do….

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October 21, 2012

A Revamped Buffet Awaits Diners at The Willows

Generations of Hawaii diners have flocked to The Willows Restaurant since the Moiliili eatery opened in 1944, and have continually enjoyed the tranquil setting and robust buffet spreads offered at the iconic establishment. While Hawaii’s original and favorite garden restaurant continues to serve up traditional Hawaiian food and other favorites at its lunch, dinner and…

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July 17 - 23, 2011

New Tasty Surprises at Willows Sunday Buffet

Escape to a place of tranquility at The Willows, Hawaii’s original and favorite garden restaurant, where locals and tourists alike can’t seem to resist the many buffet items before them. The Willows’ marvelous buffets feature top notch local cuisine prepared by Willows’ culinary staff under the direction of executive chef Jay Matsukawa. Matsukawa says The…

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Gearing Up for Summer with Amazing Ahi

With summer just around the corner, I’m already starting to think of barbecues on the beach and the sheer enjoyment of consuming edible favorites such as Spam musubi, kal-bi, potato mac salad, barbecue chicken, ribs and more. At the same time, I’m trying to will myself back onto the treadmill again so that I’m one…

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May 22 - 28, 2011

The Willows

An inviting dining experience awaits guests at The Willows, so it’s no surprise why both tourists and locals frequent the restaurant to sample some of the best in local cuisine. The dinner buffet is offered daily for $34.95 and the lunch buffet is open Monday through Friday for $19.95. Executive chef Jay Matsukawa prepares 40…

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April 3 - 9, 2011

An Appetizingly Noteworthy Show

What could be better than enjoying award-winning food and top-notch Hawaiian music while also helping raise money for the recovery efforts stemming from the recent devastating earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan? The Willows Restaurant gives diners the aforementioned experience as part of its “Pakele Live! With Tony Solis” show every Thursday from 6 to 8…

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March 13 - 19, 2011

Toasting the Scottish at The Willows

To celebrate the return of this yearly festival, The Willows Restaurant is playing host to two nights of good drink, food and fun, Scottish-style.

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February 13 - 19, 2011

Poke Still a Willows’ Standard

Can you imagine sitting down for a traditional Hawaiian-style meal with the usual suspects in front of you — kalua pig, lau lau, lomi lomi salmon and poi — and then discovering the ahi poke was noticeably absent from your plate? Well, neither could The Willows general manager Garrett Kamei. Poke, he says, has always…

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Getting Primed for Heavenly Prime Rib

Isuspect many of you foodies are already contemplating Valentine’s Day dinner ideas. And if you’re one step ahead of the rest, the reservations have already been made and the flowers have already been ordered. Good for you! But while most women adore roses, I am not one of them. I mean, don’t get me wrong…

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Casting a Fine-Dining Line for the Freshest Fish

While growing up, I learned to read by immersing myself in the eclectic world of Dr. Seuss. In fact, one of the very first children’s books I read on my own was One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Since my childhood, I’ve remained a fan of fish — one of my favorite culinary…

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