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Manapua Selection Rationale

Here are the Manapua Madness competitors and the reasons we selected them to compete. If you think your favorite manapua won, leave a comment.

7-11 Convenience Store - Rumor has it that this manapua is mass produced by machine from Tokyo Bento...the same guys who make the meat jun bento from Marukai. It's a decent tasting bao, but up against the masters of manapua this place should rank near the bottom...if the judges know what they are doing.

Aiea Manapua and Snacks - Plenty friends and family from the Leeward and Central Districts recommended this place to compete.  On KHNL Cheap Eats 2002, Lyle and Same talked this place up saying they've been in business for 20 years.  From what we hear, this place may be bordering on legendary status. 

Char Hung Sut - Two popular local food blogs, Ono Kine Grindz and Tasty Island mentioned this place as one of the best.  Honolulu Advertiser named them in their Hawaii's Best Restaurants guide in 2005-2006.

Chun Wah Kam
- Everybody know this place for their manapua and stuffs.  They were named in Honolulu Advertisers Hawaii's Best Restaurants in 2004-2005, 2005-2006 and 2007-2008.  This was no-brainer to include them.

Island Manapua - Honolulu Weekly, in their article "They Once Were Bao", made special mention of Island Manapua as one of the top places for manapua. Honolulu Advertiser also did a special article on this place featuring their manapua.

Libby Manapua Shop - A titan in the realm of manapua, Libby was recommended by almost everyone I talked to.  Tasty Island and Honolulu Metromix both called this place an "institution" when it comes to manapua. It even made the top 100 restaurants in a regional survey by WhereLocalsEat.com. I think I would've got mobbed if we never include this place as a competitor.