The Willows. Locals come to this buffet-only spot to celebrate things like graduations and showers, and it has its share of wedding receptions (there's a chapel on site). It's an acre oasis of pavilions overlooking a network of ponds (once natural streams flowing from mountain to sea). The Island-style comfort food includes the trademark chicken curry (Joy of Cooking style, not Indian) along with Hawaiian dishes such as laulau (a steamed bundle of
ti leaves containing pork, butterfish, and taro tops) and kalua pig. 901 Hausten St., Moiliili, Honolulu, HI, 96826. 808/952–9200. willowshawaii.com. Reservations essential.