nutritious and fun bento box ideas and photos, healthy recipes and tips for making your own bento box lunch

hapa bento


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Hello and Welcome!

What is “hapa”? Hapa is the Hawaiian word for “half” and usually describes a “bi-racial” person. It is also a term used to describe a person of mixed Caucasian and Asian or Pacific Islander ethnicity.

What is “bento”? Bento or Obento is the Japanese term for a boxed lunch.

We blog about our bento box lunches, restaurant reviews, recipes and other fun stuff going on in our lives.

My husband (Saba Man) and I currently live outside of Seattle, Washington with our two cats, suitably named Mochi and Musubi.  We enjoy traveling, movies, and dancing.  We also like dining out  more than working out but  try to maintain a healthy lifestyle  by squeezing in occasional trips to the gym.

We  both grew up in Hawaii where our culturally diverse diet  included bento boxes.   Our renewed sense of  healthy eating has ignited our passion for packing  a bento box full of nutritious foods in a variety of ethnic flavors.  Hence the name “hapa bento”.

Our bento boxes are not only healthy and tasty, but they also celebrate our combined Hawaiian, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, African American and European heritages along with traditional Japanese bento foods!

I’m glad that you are here!  And I look forward to sharing our bentos, recipes and ideas with you.  I welcome requests so please drop me an email or leave a comment with suggestions you’d like us to try.

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  1. Loong says:

    I think you food is HAPPY food….!

  2. Leanne says:


    Your blog is great! Makes me want to go out and buy a bento box just so I can prep meals for my mum :)

    • Debra says:

      Hi Leanne,

      Thanks and welcome to our blog! If you decide to take the bento plunge, please take some photos and share with us!

  3. tony mothershead says:

    i met your husband last night. He gave me your web site.This is fantantic!!!!
    i cant wait to try some recipes Aloha and Mahalo
    You are in my book marks.

    • Debra says:

      Hi Tony! Welcome and mahalo for your kind words! I’m a bit behind on posting recipes so thanks for the reminder! :) Aloha!

  4. yenny says:

    Hi Debra, what a pleasure to visit your blog
    yours is cool…!
    I just started to jump into bento world recently, triggered from Lia’s (bentolicious) web. The problem with beginners like me, is the source for idea/inspiration ha ha ha sometimes i get stuck
    I hope you do not mind if i follow your blog and twitter.
    thanks a lot..

    • Debra says:

      Hi yenny! Welcome to our bento blog and twitter! Thanks for your sweet comments and please share your bento creations with us!

  5. Lucia says:

    This is just great! I’m new into bento and love to mix styles and dishes.

    Thank you for sharing your ideas and preferences,


    • Debra says:

      Hi Lucia, Thanks and welcome to our blog. Yes, that’s what I’m all about, mixing the cultures and ideas for packing balanced bento lunches!

  6. timothy says:

    love the site, found it while perusing

    do you yelp as well?

  7. Shanghaifry says:

    Hi! I found you while searching for ketchup fried rice. This is great! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

  8. Tenchimouse says:

    You got a very well made site on bentos here! On my days off I usually make bentos for my friends and for myself as well. I’ve worked from Izakaya’s to French but my love for food is BENTO! I’m gonna have to check out your gallery. If ya got the time check out my gallery I also have two cats and Mochi & Pepper. Much mahalo’s and aloha!

  9. Aisos, Ai-yah, and OMG! I just found this! It’s awesome!! Coming from Hawaii, it’s all about food. That’s the one thing I miss about Hawaii,,, FOOD!! At least, in Seattle, we have access to many of the ingredients! I will be trying some of the recipes soon. Just don’t name the next cat..andagi. HEHE. Mahalo for sharing the aloha and ahui hou!

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