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Shiro’s Saimin Haven

All Aboard for a Tasty Cool Down

Summer is a most splendid time of year, filled with fun in the sun and a lightness we can all appreciate. It’s also a time when Hawaii’s blazing-hot sunshine feels stronger than ever, urging us to escape the heat within the cool confines of the nearest shave ice shop. On those ultra-fiery days, like the…

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July 9, 2017

Breakfast, Local Dishes Shine

By Stephanie Kim Since 1969, Shiro’s Saimin Haven in Waimalu Shopping Center has been churning out a plethora of saimin dishes, along with delicious entrees for not just lunch and dinner, but breakfast, as well. The breakfast menu is filled with a variety of items — from staple morning meals, such as homemade corned beef…

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June 4, 2017

Shiro’s offers an escape from the noise

When you walk into Shiro’s Saimin Haven located in Waimalu Shopping Center, the first thing you notice is how quiet it is. This is because table after table, you’ll find local families devouring their favorite dishes without pause. This has become a welcomed scene and certainly a nice break from the bustling construction happening across…

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April 23, 2017

Shiro’s Catering Just Got Even Better

As graduation season rapidly approaches, Shiro’s Saimin Haven has all your catering needs covered. According to general manager Bryce Fujimoto, the restaurant just added new items to the catering menu: tofu patties and corned beef hash patties ($1.70 each). “There is a lot of fresh corned beef inside of our patties,” he says. “A lot…

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Wrapped Up In Lumpia

There’s a popular saying in the foodie world that everything tastes better deep fried, and who could argue with that when it comes to the drool-inducing allure of crispy fried chicken or the golden, crunchy goodness of french fries? Lumpia also stands out as one of the most beloved fried foods, providing a most satisfying…

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February 5, 2017

Veggie-Filled Soups Sizzle

Shiro’s Saimin Haven is best known for its comforting bowls of classic soups filled with char siu, noodles and the works, but the eatery’s extensive menu also is home to many vegetarian-friendly menu items. Take one of the newer entrees, Asian Vegetarian Saimin No. 16 ($9.20) with won bok, for example. According to general manager…

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January 8, 2017

Saimin Shop Still Growing

Ever since Franz Shiro Matsuo opened Shiro’s Saimin Haven in the late ’60s, it has become a go-to spot for local favorites. But just because the eatery has such a long legacy, that doesn’t mean that it has stopped innovating. In fact, Shiro’s is coming up with new ideas all the time. General manager Bryce…

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December 11, 2016

Less is more at Waimalu saimin eatery

For those looking for smaller portions, Shiro’s Saimin Haven has the perfect solution: The long-time Waimalu eatery just started to offer mini plates at the beginning of this month. According to general manager Bryce Fujimoto, mini plates were on Shiro’s menu before, but they were discontinued. “Now that a lot of our regular customers are…

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November 6, 2016

A Lasting Legacy In Local Food

For his whole life, Franz Shiro Matsuo wanted nothing more than to open his own restaurant. He spent years working under different chefs, all with the goal of one day running his own place. He realized that dream in 1967 when he opened Shiro’s Hula Hula Drive In, before moving to Waimalu Shopping Center in…

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September 18, 2016

An Old Favorite Introduces New Flavors

For quite some time, the staff and customers at Shiro’s Saimin Haven have had a front-row view of the rail construction that runs along Kamehameha Highway, right in front of the restaurant’s cozy spot within Waimalu Shopping Center. But rather than let the ensuing traffic and delays bring them down, the crew at Shiro’s is…

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