Something new someplace old

A new fine dining offering is opening July 29th at Honolulu’s cultural, historical and nostalgic marker – The Willows – the “J” Restaurant featuring an eclectic menu of French and Asian cuisine crafted by Executive Chef Jay Matsukawa. Housed on the second floor overlooking the duck ponds. It’s sure to be a fine contrast to the local flare and faves on the regular buffet line.

The Willows touts itself as “Hawaii’s Original Garden Restaurant” since July 4, 1944. Once through the gates, visitors are greeted by meandering pathways and the sounds of water and wind through the lush gardens heightening the senses. Wafting through the air Hawaiian music, and the ono aroma of the generous all-you-can-eat buffet assure you of your arrival into a truly special, sacred place.

Currently in the middle of what is known as Mo’ili’ili, the district was known in ancient times as Kapa’akea. Hawaiian royalty enjoyed the area for lu’au, picnics, and swimming in the ponds which were known to have great healing properties. Located over lava tubes, forming natural caverns – flowing the fresh mountain water toward the ocean and bubbling up at the springs.

A fanciful water feature in the inner courtyard at the Willows is sure to delight as water dances in a water ballet ilusion.

A sure bet for lunch, dinner or your special event — now with a fine dining option. Hours: 11am – 10pm.

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