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Unlikely mixture works out

November 9, 2013
The Maui News

FIRST PHOTO: Julia Camello makes one of Sam Sato's biggest sellers, a lima bean manju Thursday afternoon. In the background is Yukiko Yasuda. According to Sam Sato's daughter, Lynne Toma, Sam was the eldest of five siblings whose father died when he was young. Mother and son opened and ran the business, eventually enlisting help through an arranged marriage between Sam and Gladys Sato, who had already learned the baking trade. "He was a character, and my mom was the hard worker" Lynne Toma said of her parents Thursday while taking a brief break from tending the busy restaurant's books. "He was a businessman, and my mom was a workhorse. Their marriage was arranged. Mom was working at a bakery in Lahaina, and she turned out to be the perfect one. Sometimes they (arranged marriages) did work out."



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