If you spent the morning hiking and swimming at Iao Valley State Park, it really means you spent the morning wondering how much more time you had to spend doing physical activity before you could have lunch at Sam Sato’s. This family-owned restaurant, about a 10-minute drive from the park, opened in 1933. Only open for breakfast and lunch, Sam Sato’s serves classic Hawaii plate lunches - a main with scoops of rice and potato-mac salad on the side - and a wide variety of noodle dishes. Try the dry mein: a combination of al dente noodles, char siu pork, and bean sprouts, served with a side of dashi for dipping. And make sure you finish with a homemade manju, a traditional Japanese pastry filled with sweetened bean and starch pastes made from the same original recipe created by Sam Sato’s wife in the 1930s.
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