Nothing says saimin quite like Shiro’sDigest Eat This
April 12, 2015
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Bodie Collins
For nearly 50 years, Shiro’s has continually set and surpassed the standard for all things saimin.
Since serving up its first piping-hot bowl of saimin in 1969, Shiro’s Saimin Haven has become a mainstay for multiple generations of Hawaii families. Shiro’s features convenient locations in Aiea at Waimalu Shopping Center.
While many who live around and commute through Waimalu’s Kamehameha Highway corridor have dealt with the mess and stress of escalating road and utility work, Shiro’s serves as a welcomed respite from the gridlock.
“We’ve got to provide the best value as our customers bear with the traffic,” says restaurant and catering manager Bryce Fujimoto.
The restaurant was founded by Franz Shiro Matsuo, who eventually acquired the appropriate title of “Mistah Saimin.” While Shiro has since passed away, his legacy lives on through the hard work and dedication of his family, including Fujimoto, Mistah Saimin’s grandson.
Shiro’s takes freshness to the next level as noodles are made daily at its own Five Star Noodle Factory.
Shiro’s offers an astounding 65 saimin choices. One of the popular selections is Hawaiian Saimin ($10), a hearty bowl of slurp-worthy noodles and tasty broth chock-full of wun tun, vegetables and tasty garnish served with a “good-size” lau lau on the side. Customers also enjoy Spam Saimin ($7.95).
Loyal diners have also come to enjoy Shiro’s vast array of entrees such as Chop Along Steak ($8.95), along with the restaurant’s many catering options, which are perfectly suited for any gathering, including family gettogethers, business functions or graduation parties.
Shiro’s Saimin Haven
Waimalu Shopping Center
98-020 Kamehameha Hwy., Aiea (also located in Ewa Beach)
488-8824 (restaurant and catering) 488-8834 (takeout)
Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m.