Franz Shiro Matsuo wanted to own his own restaurant. In 1969 at the ripe age of 52 Shiro opened Shiro’s Hula Hula Drive. The word was out that there was a wacky Japanese man who made pretty good local food.
Eventually he outgrew the Aiea Bowling Alley and in 1975 he relocated to the Waimalu Shopping Center. Shiro changed all that by creating an adventure in saimin dining and giving birth to SHIRO’S SAIMIN HAVEN. He was the first to introduce vegetables in saimin. He was the first to create a myriad of saimin combinations. The restaurant boasts 65 different versions of saimin, along with a variety of local favorites. Shiro was also the first poet and ukulele-playing chef. He wrote thousands of poems as ads in “Dining Out”. These poems were about life and about people – none of them about his own business! He loved to play his ukulele and made several cd’s!
Shiro’s daughter Linda took over operations in 1990. Linda’s son Bryce is grooming to take over. Another son Joshua has been running the Shiro’s noodle factory for over a year. The youngest son Gavan has decided to get involved, also. Shiro’s is a 3 generation family business.
Shiro’s Saimin has 80+ employees to carry on Shiro’s goal of providing tasty food in a friendly family setting. We serve a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu with local style comfort food offerings such as burgers, beef stew, laulau, and tripe stew. We have been in business for over 47 years and are committed to our island ways. Come for a piece of aloha along with your food. Our loyal and kind customers sustain us and we like to think of it as karma. The good effort you put out will come right back to you!
98-020 Kamehameha Hwy. #109
(808) 488-8824, (808) 488-4834
91-919 Ft Weaver Road
(808) 689-0999, (808) 689-7484