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Shiro’s Saimin Haven

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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August 21, 2016

Go ‘catch’ this Pokemon-inspired saimin

Shiro’s Saimin Haven is a home away from home for many island patrons who can’t resist the taste of the iconic restaurant’s classic local dishes. “We offer a little bit of everything; it’s basically a melting pot of Hawaiian cultures reflected in the food,” says general manager Bryce Fujimoto. “Besides our saimin, we are known…

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July 17, 2016

Growing Up With Shiro’s

The Matsuo family never could have imagined the future success of their saimin business when their first bowl was served back in 1969. Today, Shiro’s Saimin Haven continues to be a staple for multiple generations of Hawaii families. On any given day, you’ll see keiki, parents, grandparents, aun-ties and uncles all gathered around, and their…

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