By Braddah Lance
Everyday on my way home from work there sits da Manapua Truck on the corner of Hoolaulea and Moanalua Road at the base of the arching foot bridge.
I've noticed him before but I guess he's gotten more popular because even cars stop by on the way home to pick up their favorite snack. The cars are parked on the grass, lawn and side streets oblivious to traffic coming and going. I almost banged (got banged) more times than I can count by both pedestrians pounding their grinds and trying to walk at the same time while dealing with vehicles making illegal turns to get back on the main road.
Wassap Wit Dat?
I no mind too much cause I already slowing down to make my turn and expect the famished people to not be in their right mind anyways but ahhh, doesn't thatbring back memories? Running across the street once you see da beat up old white Chevy van blaring some out of tune music with da sliding door open showing off all da snacks driving around?
Funny, I've nevah seen one haole do dat - always one Asian guy, usually one Chinee. Maybe cause the space so small dat only one Asian could fit. No need get all huffy and puffy - just one observation eh.
It was always good cheap grinds too! Bag noodles in da Ziploc or sandwich bag for fifty cents, pork hash - quarter, can soda - fifty cents. For two bucks or less you was au' good! Plus if you was lucky and early enough get some rice cake and some other stuff.
Not too much Manapua Van/Trucks any more - at least none that I see. Back in da day in intermediate (yeah, old school - they call 'em 'Middle School' now) da Manapua Man got banned and had to park supah far because of complaints from da neighboring homes - but nevah stop us. We was hungry and with all our after school activities and no transportation, da Manapua Man was a God send. Plus, we needed fffooood!
You got any Manapua Van/Truck stories? Favorite grinds? Any special concoctions you made? Your keiki get a chance fo' da Manapua Van experience? Another lost past time?
Extra shoyu and pepper please.