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February 23, 2016

Newest location sees lines out the door

After Mamaya first gained popularity at Ala Moana Center’s Shirokiya Japanese department store and food court, and later at its Pearl City location, Mama-Ya Bishop Street Café eventually came to fruition. Mama-Ya has been in business for nearly a year and continues to cater to an out-the-door line of customers each weekday during lunch. Serving…

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January 19, 2016

Mama Mia, That’s Good!

The literal translation of Japanese restaurant Mamaya’s name is “mama’s house.” With the goal of serving large portions of comfort foods just like Mom used to make at affordable prices, this eatery sure knows how to please. 
 With three locations guests can visit — Pearl Kai Shopping Center, Shirokiya at Ala Moana Center and…

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December 14, 2015

Mamaya’s newest locale washes ashore

BY ELLISE KAKAZU As one bites into a fresh, home-cooked meal, the gratification and joy that comes with it is priceless. Mamaya allows visitors to have that “mama’s house” experience with generous portions, affordable prices and delicious options. “We try to be like (the customer’s) home,” explains retail manager Takeshi Ouchi. There are three locations,…

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October 25, 2015

Making It Just Like Mom

Mama knows best, especially when it comes to food. In Pearl Kai Shopping Center, the Japanese bento and musubi shop Mamaya literally translates to “Mama’s house.” The title is fitting, as the eatery’s recipes, flavors and cooking styles are reminiscent of the comfort of Mom’s cooking. Enjoy the combination of fresh protein, pickled vegetables and…

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September 13, 2015

Falling hook, line and sinker for seafood

It seems that island diners simply can’t get enough of Mamaya. With locations in Aiea and Ala Moana Center flourishing, the prime bento venture recently opened up a cafe on Bishop Street — which has been greeted with lines that wind down the street each day for lunch. Mamaya serves up what manager Takeshi Ouchi…

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August 2, 2015 ,

Ka Boom! It’s A Flavor Explosion

Every once in a while, our ordinary dining routines need a nice, big jolt of excitement to keep our taste buds interested. If you’re ready to spice things up at the dinner table, I’ve got just the dish for you. One bite of seafood dynamite and — POW! — your palate is exploding with flavor….

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June 21, 2015

Thinking Inside the Box

The beloved bento. A favorite lunch option for Hawaii’s on-the-go diners, this Japanese staple takes the best of what the Islands have to offer — such as fresh, succulent seafood — and combines it with wholesome veggies and grains in a perfectly packaged, pretty-as-you-please box bursting with flavor and nutrition. When it comes to procuring…

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May 26, 2015

Where bentos taste just like Mama’s cooking

One of the best things about food is how it can transform into an experience. A small waft of bacon can give one a flashback to Saturday morning family breakfast. One bite of apple pie and you’re reminiscing about past Thanksgiving dinners. At Mamaya, everything on the menu takes countless tastings and attention to detail…

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April 12, 2015

Home-cooking just like Mom used to make

One sign that you’re at a good restaurant is the crowd. At Mama-Ya in Downtown Honolulu, which just opened March 16, the line is continuously out the door. But don’t worry, it moves fast. “Business has been booming since day one,” says manager Dan Kobayashi. “Our mission is to be the No. 1 bento place…

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March 8, 2015

More Than Just Great Bentos

With two establishments in Ala Moana and Pearl Kai, Mama-ya has made a name for itself with its affordable bentos and lunches. Now Downtown Honolulu also can enjoy the flavors of Mama-ya at its newest location on Bishop Street. Officially open March 16, Mama-ya is bringing its trademark dishes to the next level of convenient…

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