It's hard to believe that this month makes 8 years since Mana Bu's first opened their doors. I totally remember the day that me and Leslie first spotted their sign while we were walking to pick up lunch from somewhere else. I did my, "Heeeey, what is thaaaaat?" and we quickly did a detour. Ever curious, we walked through the doors and checked out all of the offerings. We met Manabu and his sweet wife Fumiyo. There were no other employees back then. We bought a few musubi and a couple sweet potato salads. Needless to say, we were hooked from the start. You can check out my original post here.
At first, they opened at 11:00 a.m. After awhile they changed it to 9:30 a.m. Now it's 6:30 a.m. The sign says that they open until "Soldout or 1 p.m." They usually never make it until 1 p.m.
This was yesterday at 8:30 a.m. Musubi-heads were out in full force. Some were waiting in line to pay the cashier. Others were waiting for the next batch to come out.
So much for my 8-year anniversary update . . . this was all the musubi that they had left.
And the side dishes? Nothing.
This has been Manabu's philosophy from the start and is still true today . . .
and is the reason why they are always voted Hawaii's Best.
I talked to Manabu a few weeks ago. He is still the same . . . so humble. I asked him if he's been back to Japan since he started 8 years ago. He said that he has not. I told him that he should take a couple of weeks off and go home and relax. He nodded his head in agreement. I wonder if he will.