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Maui Manjookies debuts as first-time MIMCF vendor

Mauian Janelle Fukuoka and son Mikey will be selling isle desserts at the Made in Maui County Festival for the first time on Friday and Saturday. -- CARLA TRACY photo

A first-time Made in Maui County Festival vendor is Janelle Fukuoka of Maui Manjookies. She will appear at her own booth among the 140 vendors at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului Friday and Saturday.

Situated at Mike’s Mini Mart in Kahului, Maui Manjookies is one of Maui’s best kept secrets — a family-owned business led by owner Fukuoka, which sells delectable baked goods called Maui Manjookies, pronounced “mon juu keys.” They are the perfect “gift,” or “omiyage,” when traveling to another place to offer a taste of our island.

An innovative pastry creation, the product is a cross between a manju and a cookie and it’s a new twist on an old-fashioned favorite. The buttery and flaky pastry is filled with high-quality ingredients such as a mixture of local island fruit, which is sure to fulfill everyone’s sweet craving, from the young child to the elderly and just plain hungry. Come and stock up on her unique pastries and snacks and watch her demo on Saturday.

In addition to the famous Manjookie’s, Janelle also offers a variety of baked goods to share with family and friends near or far along with custom gift boxes, gift baskets and party favors for weddings, business events and parties.

Growing up on Maui, Jannelle always enjoyed cooking and baking for family and friends to catch the sight of someone’s immediate smile. With her business at Mike’s Mini Mart, she took it to the next level by taking a traditional Japanese dessert and transforming it.

Mike’s Mini Mart is off of Hana Highway at 343 Hanamau St., across from the Toyota service department. Manjookies are also available at Pukalani Superette Upcountry and Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquors islandwide. Call 893-2000.