Need Help Finding Bakery Owners – Shan’s Bakery
A reader wrote to me on the Midlife Crisis Hawaii Facebook page asking about an old bakery:
I grew up in Wahiawa, Hawaii and there was a bakery called Shan’s Bakery on Kilani Avenue. I got diabetes at age 5 and could not have sweets from this bakery. However, my mom use to buy me hot dogs from the small corner restaurant in there. I loved their hot dog and hamburger buns.
They went out of business many years ago. The father died then their son got his Pastry Chef degree and he and his wife ran the bakery for a few more years. The son got sick and passed away. His wife who inherited the business and the apartments next door closed the bakery.
I would love to locate her to see if she still has the recipes. Sitting on those short, bar stools eating and visiting with her loving and kind in laws and my mom are some of my fondest memories of my childhood.
I do not remember the name of the family that owned it and do not know how to find out. Or how to contact the daughter in law that closed the business. She had 2 children when her husband died. Anyone know their names? Or how to locate them. I do not know if she was even from Hawaii. She might have sold everything then moved back to the mainland. I hope she kept the recipes.
I just completed getting my Pastry Chef certificate and would love to learn how those hot dog and hamburger buns were made. Does anyone that worked there know this recipe?
Well, we did get a little more info – actually, a lot more info – from Hydroman72 who got this from his friend:
Yeah, Shan’s Bakery!
We used to go there a lot after baseball practice way back in the hana-butta days. They also had a soda fountain shop in there that served ice cream floats & fountain soda where they actually mixed soda water with syrup.
I checked and there were building permits back in 1973 and the owner at the time was a person named Rubin Chun. I believe Shan’s Bakery was still open back in 1973 and didn’t close until the late 70′s or early 80′s. After they closed a business called Taste of Paradise opened and they sold okazu, arare, seeds and other stuff. They business did not survive very long before it eventually went under.
The current business and owners of the building belongs to Thor Motors. They are a motorcycle repair shop that used to be located where the Wahiawa Long’s Drug store now sits. The owners are Redfield & Marianne Proctor who purchased the property from the original owner (Rubin Chun). Redfield Proctor did motorcycle repairs and racing as a hobby for as long as I’ve known him and realistically he doesn’t really need to work. His family is owns the multi-billion dollar giant Proctor & Gamble.
I think Rod may want to go down and talk to “RED” Redfield he may have some information that may be of value.
Thanks for the info! I’m sure that the person who was inquiring about Shan’s Bakery can contact “Red” to find out more information.
It seems to me that I’m finding less and less bakeries around town. I sorry, but the supermarket pastries just doesn’t do it for me. So before the bakeries still around now become just distant memories, let’s make it a point to patronize those places so they remain in business. Or at least you’ll be able to say that you ate there.
For instance: Kamehameha Bakery with their ono glazed donuts and their poi donuts. I didn’t know too much about this place until Paula turned me on to it.
If you’re even in Kailua town, be sure to visit Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop and order some of their malasadas. Unlike traditional malasadas, these have a hole in them – which results in more crispy goodness. And the inside is a bit chewy – which compliments the crispy outer shell. Definitely worth the drive. All their malasadas are cooked-to-order so it would be a good idea to call ahead if you don’t want to wait. Call them just as you exit out from the Pali tunnels and your order should be ready just when you arrive.
One other favorite of mine – Lee’s Bakery (no relationship). Known for their custard pies, it’s their Hong Kong bun that always sells out – most times before 11:00 AM. I’m not going to try to explain it to you. You’ll just have to go down there some morning and try it for yourself. I’d suggest you buy at least a half dozen. Make it a dozen if you plan to share. It’s that good.
Okay, what’s your favorite bakeries and their specialty? I want to make sure I give it a try before they too become just a memory. No need be only Oahu. Neighbor islands count too. And the big, big island (mainland) counts too so if you know of some special, secret bakery on the mainland and their specialty – share!
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