Growing Up With Shiro’s

A La Carte Columns

July 17, 2016

Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: L. Tabudlo

Garlic Chicken ($27.50 for a small pan)

Garlic Chicken ($27.50 for a small pan)

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 families will grow up before the eyes of the staff at Shiro’s.

Many of the staffers also are family, as Franz Shiro Matsuo — who eventually acquired the appropriate title of “Mistah Saimin” — founded the restaurant, and since his passing his legacy lives on through the hard work of his family, including grandson and manager Bryce Fujimoto.

In addition to its diverse restaurant menu, Shiro’s offers a catering menu that is perfectly suited for any get-together, such as birthday parties, business functions and graduation parties. Customers can choose from various selections available in small (15 people), medium (25 people), large (35 people) and extra-large (50 people) pans. Call the restaurant at 488-8824 for more information and detailed pricing options.


Two favorites off Shiro’s catering menu are Pork Adobo ($31.70 for a small pan) and Garlic Chicken ($27.50 for a small pan). The Pork Adobo is a top seller for its succulent pork that is marinated in a blend of spices and prepared the authentic Filipino way. Customers especially love the Garlic Chicken as well because it’s fried until crispy and prepared in a sweet and savory sauce, offering a moist and tender bite each time.

Shiro’s Saimin Haven

Waimalu Shopping Center
98-020 Kamehameha Hwy., Aiea
(Also Located In Ewa Beach)
488-8824 for restaurant and catering; 488-8834 for takeout
Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Aiea, HI 96701

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