With Lisa at The Willows

We gathered together for a champagne brunch buffet at The Willows yesterday to honor Lisa.  As usual, the international cuisine and champagne were excellent.  Best of all, we were outdoors.  Here are photos of the restaurant:

The weather was perfect:  sunny with a cool breeze.  In fact, it might have been too breezy, as the wind messed up my hair.  Lol.  Anyway, here is a photo of my family:

Me, David, Lisa, Rylan, Maria, Julia, and Grant.

Maria and her kids with my 96 year old mother.

A photo of the entire group of attendees (my mother, sisters, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nephew and his girlfriend, husband, children, son-in-law, and grandchildren):

I always like to find any excuse to have a family gathering.  It was so pleasant to share humorous anecdotes about our lives and to catch up on the news.  And who knows when we will see Lisa again?  Congratulations and bon voyage, Lisa!

P.S.  In 2008, I took photos of the food at The Willows.  Here is the link to that post:

http://gigihawaii.wordpress.com/2008/08/25/the-willows-restaurant/

20 Responses to “With Lisa at The Willows”

  1. Christine Says:

    That restaurant looks amazing! I think Lisa looks like her dad while Maria looks more like you! Yes, family gatherings are so important!

  2. Jeanie Says:

    You got some great photos to help you remember this important family event. It looks like a beautiful place.
    All the best to Lisa in her new adventures.

  3. Arkansas Patti Says:

    What a nice going away party and such a lovely place. You can always go visit her and electronics will make the miles shrink in the mean time. What an exciting time for her though probably a bit scary.
    I wasn’t aware how much taller David is and your mother is lovely for any age but 96? Wow..

  4. Mare Says:

    What a nice family gathering! And a wonderful family gathering.

  5. DJan Says:

    How wonderful to have these pictures to remember the occasion. And you will be using Skype to talk with her, if I remember correctly.

  6. Hattie Says:

    The Willows is beautiful and a perfect setting for your family get-together. Bon Voyage and good luck to Lisa!

  7. anonymous Says:

    Such a beautiful restaurant and gathering. I’m sure this day will be remembered fondly as Lisa leaves Hawaii. As you mentioned, Willows is not cheap, but again you’ve made a wise decision to trump the expensive price tag for some lasting memories. I’m thinking back to my childhood, where the standing rule was “cannot help” ….not very good for building self esteem. Sigh….not an easy rule to break either.

    L. from W.

  8. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    What a beautiful place to have a family gathering. I love the landscaping around the restautant. Hopefully the food was also first class. Good luck to Lisa. I was always sad when kids left, and also happy for them having new adventures. My oldest son lived in Europe for 10 years, although it gave me a good excuse to travel.

  9. Rambling Woods Says:

    What a lovely family celebration…congrats…!!!!!

  10. R.Ramakrishnan Says:

    Charming & exotic place to dine. Landscaping is superb. And the family photo is lovely. Cheers to Lisa !

  11. Suzanne Says:

    What a gorgeous group. It is fun to be surrounded by family.

  12. Henry Hank Chapin Says:

    What a beautiful environment. All the old-timers in my Hawaiian family started going to the Willows way way back in the day. Could it have been as long ago as the 1920s and 1930s? It’s always had the most wonderful ambiance and was a great place to honor Lisa. She’s going into a field that will always be needed. Just last week, my cousin had a heart attack. Next step? Why rehab of course.
    .

  13. palolo Says:

    Did you take any pictures of the food by any chance? I haven’t been to the Willows for years. Thank you Gigi.

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