The Willows Announces Expanded Live Entertainment Schedule

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HONOLULU, HAWAII – The Willows Restaurant, a kama‘aina tradition, is very excited to announce an expanded live entertainment schedule for 2012.

“We did not have live entertainment for a while, but The Willows just didn’t seem alive,” said Garret Kamei, General Manager.  “Historically, The Willows was a place for parties and lu‘au with live music being played all the time, and it’s great that we can bring that back home, again.”


Kale Hannahs and Matt Sproat of the Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning group Waipuna are happy to have another venue to perform live.

“It provides some credibility to who we are as musicians.  The private gigs are here and there so it’s always good to have a steady gig on a weekly basis that brings in the income,” said Hannahs.

“It provides local musicians with a job, and gives us an opportunity to reach more people and promote our CDs, too,” said Sproat.

The schedule for the first quarter of 2012 is, as follows, with live performances from 6:30~8:30 p.m.*

Jan 11      Herb Ohta Jr. & Jon Yamasato
Jan 12      Pakele Live! featuring Jason Poole with Andy Wang
Jan 13      Maunalua*
Jan 18      Herb Ohta Jr. & Jon Yamasato
Jan 19      Pakele Live! featuring Rev. Dennis Kamakahi & Stephen Inglis
Jan 20      Kahua
Jan 25      Ramon Camarillo
Jan 26      Pakele Live! featuring Shar Carillo
Jan 27      Noah Juan

Feb 1       Lehua Kalima with Shawn Pimental
Feb 2       Pakele Live! (TBA)
Feb 3       Waipuna
Feb 8       Lehua Kalima w/ Shawn Pimental
Feb 9       Pakele Live! (TBA)
Feb 10      Maunalua*
Feb 15      Herb Ohta Jr. & Jon Yamasato
Feb 16      Pakele Live! (TBA)
Feb 17      Kahua
Feb 22      Ramon Camarillo
Feb 23      Pakele Live! (TBA)
Feb 24      Noah Juan
Feb 29      Herb Ohta Jr. & Jon Yamasato

MARCH 2012
Mar 1        Pakele Live! (TBA)
Mar 2        TBA
Mar 7        TBA
Mar 8        Pakele Live! (TBA)
Mar 9        Noah Juan
Mar 14      Waipuna
Mar 15      Pakele Live! (TBA)
Mar 16      Maunalua*
Mar 21      TBA
Mar 22      Pakele Live! (TBA)
Mar 23      Kahua
Mar 28      Herb Ohta Jr. & Jon Yamasato
Mar 29      Pakele Live! (TBA)
Mar 30      No Entertainment (closed for private event)

* Please note all entertainment is 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., except Maunalua who plays 7 p.m.– 9 p.m. on 1/13, 2/10 and 3/14.

Pakele Live! is taped for airing on OC16.  Check our website at for entertainment updates.

Nestled within the heart of historic Mo‘ili‘ili in Honolulu, The Willows sits upon one acre of lush tropical gardens, abundant with native Hawaiian flowers, and bordered by cascading waterfalls.  Guests can enjoy award-winning dining outdoors or within one of our many private rooms.  Like the Shangri-La of myth, The Willows is an unexpected oasis amid the hustle and bustle of the city.  First time guests usually catch their breath as they enter our doors, while those who return always feel welcomed and at home.

Our Award-Winning Buffet
Executive Chef Miles Miyamoto has masterfully combined traditional Hawaiian delicacies with Asian and American cuisine to satisfy the pickiest of palates.  Our menu is influenced by many different cultures, including Japanese, French, Thai, Italian, Hawaiian, and Korean.  We have been honored with many awards over the years, including Honolulu Advertiser’s “Best Buffet,” Honolulu Magazine’s “Best Place to Take Visitors,” Taste of Honolulu’s “Best Seafood,” and took 1st Place at HFM’s Culinary Competition, in addition to numerous other awards.

Please visit our website for menus.

Weekday Lunch Buffet
Monday~Friday, 11:00 a.m.~2:00 p.m.
$19.95 • Keiki (4-10) $9.95 • Kupuna (65+) & Military 10% Off

Saturday Lunch Buffet
10:00 a.m.~2:30 p.m.
$24.95 • Keiki (4-10) $12.50 • Kupuna (65+) & Military 10% Off

Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet
10:00 a.m.~2:30 p.m.
$34.95 • Keiki (4-10) $17.50 • Kupuna (65+) & Military 10% Off

Please visit our website for menu.

Monday~Friday, 5:30~9:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 5:00~9:00 p.m.
$34.95 • Keiki (4-10) $17.50 • Kupuna (65+) & Military 10% Off

Plus, special holiday buffets are featured throughout the year.

Live Hawaiian Music
Enjoy live Hawaiian music every Wednesday-Friday evening from 6:30~8:30 p.m., featuring some of Hawai‘i’s top entertainers, including many Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners.  Check our website for our latest entertainment schedule.

Hula dancers and hula halau are encouraged to perform with our featured artists.

Weddings and Special Events
The Willows Chapel has been the venue for many isle weddings, and we are a popular choice for wedding receptions and other celebrations for up to 150 people in private rooms, as well as restaurant buy-outs for larger private events.  Contact Keri Endo, Catering & Special Events Director, Tel. (808) 952-9200 ext. 63.

The Willows Restaurant
901 Hausten Street, Honolulu, HI 96826
Phone: (808) 952-9200

The Willows Restaurant is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, 11 a.m.~2 p.m. for Lunch
(10 a.m.~2:30 p.m. on weekends), and 5-9 p.m. for Dinner (from 5:30 p.m. on weekends).

E komo mai kakou!

Submitted by Mona K. Wood-Sword, IKAIKA Communications