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Willows Mile High Coconut Pie Recipe

A recipe for Willows Mile High Coconut Pie. See also more Recipes from Hawaii, about Hawaii Dining and our Hawaii Travel Guide.


Filling Ingredients:
- 2 cups of milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 4 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/4 cup of grated fresh coconut
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon of butter

Meringue Ingredients:
- 4 to 6 egg whites
- 1 or 2 tablespoon of sugar for each egg white
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Other Ingredients:
- 8 or 9 inch pie crust


Filling Instructions:
Combine milk, sugar and salt in saucepan. Let come almost to a boil over medium heat. Stir in cornstarch and egg yolks; cook a few minutes longer. Add grated coconut, vanilla, and butter. Cool before filling pie shell. Double your meringue recipe for sky-high effect.

Meringue Instructions:
Beat egg whites until frothy. Gradually add sugar, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla.

Baking Instructions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pour cooled filling into pie crust. Top with meringue, spreading it all the way to edges to seal. Sprinkle with more grated coconut. Bake in preheated 325 degrees oven about 15 to 18 minutes, or until nicely browned.

About The Willows

The Willows was a popular special occasion, open air restaurant with strolling musicians playing Hawaiian Music. The restuarant was formerly located in the Moilili neighborhood of Honolulu. on Halston Street

The Willows first opened in 1944. It closed for about six years, but re-opened in 1999 as a buffet restaurant. and it closed its doors for the last time on December 31, 2018. It closed because the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation planned to sell 12 Moiliili parcels, including The Willows and its parking lot.

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