Hirano Store in Glenwood

Hirano Store, Glenwood

Taking advantage of the long weekend, Bev and I went camping at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach on the south side of the Island. I hardly drive down there, so almost every time I do, I gotta stop by the Hirano store in Glenwood, which is after passing Mountain View and before Volcano. They have some mean grinds!

Hirano Store OutsideHirano Store Inside

The people that work here are so friendly. It seems that the more remote an area is, the friendlier they get. :) Inside the store is all your regular stuff… drinks, chips, snacks, etc. And in one corner they have a menu offering plate lunches, sandwiches, hot dogs, and best of all their offerings… chili bowls!

Hirano Store Chili

Hirano Store Chili Bowl with Rice ($3.00), loaded with goodness! It’s a unique kind of style… a bit soupy, but still very hearty. The flavor and consistency sort of remind me of a Portuguese Bean Soup, but spicier with chili flavors.

Hirano Store Hot Dog

It went wonderfully with their $.85 hot dog on a sweet bread bun.

Very satisfying… ready to continue driving!

Hirano Store

24 Responses to “Hirano Store in Glenwood”

  1. kelly Says:

    wow brah….ono once again brah! Da hirano store stay da dame from when I remembah da buggah 15+ yrs ago…..and da chili was always ONO!…….dey used to have good musubi too…..

  2. Mike Says:

    So I’m just curious. You review all these different places. Do you go to places that your friends recommend or do you just try every restaurant you see?

  3. Penny Says:

    That must be some good camera James– the chili glistens. Look so ono!!

  4. jodi Says:

    wow, the picture of the sign was sharp and so clear. I could see the weeds on the other side of the road. :)

    portugese bean soup chili? It looks wonderful, like you just want to dig a spoon in…

  5. Chilly Willy Says:

    I miss the “red” hotdog. You can’t find those here in the mainland. I make sure I get one every time I go back to Hilo. That, and a couple of Itsus’ hamburgers.

  6. James Says:

    kelly, i’m glad to know that the chili is still da same after that long!

    Mike, a lot of places are off friend recommendations and a lot on trial and error. :D The Hirano store was actually recommended by my good friend… he said he drives there just for the chili. And as he described it to me, I offered to drive there that day! I couldn’t resist… so good.

    Penny, yes, it’s my new camera :D I love it!

    jodi, yup.. it’s real comfort food :D

    Chilly Willy, Itsus definitely is the best place for the “red hot dog”! I wonder why they don’t have it on the mainland?

  7. T.T.B.T.S. Says:

    Hey I work there and its the best job you could have.
    Good people and perfect co-workers.
    if your in town stop and have good time!
    Here at hiranos your always welcome.

  8. Molly Says:

    whats a red hot dog?

  9. hilogal Says:

    red hot dogs are made in most major cities in phillipines also similar ones
    in Thailand. so…. try asian grocery stores , look in their FREEZERS.

    good luck!!


  10. Don Says:

    Hey T.T.B.T.S. You still work there man?
    Heading that way in Oct. and gona stop by. Our daughter is married to the owners wifes Bro. As a matter of fact they came to CA and brought a Hiranos T-shirt. Thanks Brah.
    See ya in Oct. Coming in on a cruise ship.

  11. Ronald Burnett Says:

    I lived un Aloha Estatesin the 70′s about 1.5 miles from the store and they alway’s had good grind’s.. GRAVEY BURGERS & BOILED EGGS were the mainstay.. I am pleased to find they are up to top standards…… RONAKD BURNETT ( aka Ronald mc. danold carol burnett )

  12. Anonymous Says:

    this place is okay

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  21. Michele Says:

    Hirano store used to be my bus stop as a kid. we lived up a road off the highway and as a kid I would put my dog (when she was a puppy) in the basket of my bike and ride down the road to Hirano’s to spend my weekly allowance on candy and gum In high school we kept my horse in a pasture across the road from the store and I would get off the bus in the afternoon to find my horse had gotten out once again and she would be waiting for me in Hirano’s parking lot. I’d hop on bareback and she’d give me a ride up the road to our property. So many fond memories…

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