Franz “Shiro” Matsuo, founder of Shiro’s Saimin restaurants, has died at the age of 93. We interviewed him with his daughter for our series on local businesses, Local Ventures, and he proved to be a true original. His menu was longer than any you’ll see anywhere at least ina restaurant that specializes in saimin. Much of his poetry and words of wisdom are posted on the walls of the restaurant in Pearl City and in his younger days he was known to break into song playing his ukulele and performing as if he’d been on stage all his life. Aloha to one of Honolulu’s historical Mom & Pop shops, and to an icon, Shiro Matsuo. We’re sad to have to say goodbye.
For video of Shiro and Shiro’s Saimin Haven visit www.Pacificnetwork.tv