Today our family went to Maple Garden Restaurant for a friend's ("B") surprise Yakudoshi party.
It Hawaii, is not uncommon for parties to be thrown for men when they turn 41 and for women when they turn 32, as those years are considered "unlucky" in Japanese culture, and such parties are said to help bring good fortune.
I thought we would be eating a typical 7-course party menu, but we actually got to enjoy the buffet.
A server first came around and offered some Hot & Sour soup.
There is a private room available, but our party occupied the main dining area.
Parking is really tight. There's a very small parking lot, but fortunately there was someone outside directing cars to other parking alternatives (such as on the street, in the adjacent lot, or in the First Hawaiian Bank Parking lot).
Overall we had a nice time, and I thought it was really great they let the party hosts bring in their own pupus, drinks, and cake!
Wishing "B" a wonderful birthday and many more to come!