Heavy Fat Tuesday demand for sweet treat

First Photo: Home Maid Bakery floor manager Orlando Quemado removes a batch of malassadas from the fryer Tuesday morning in Wailuku as the morning rush for the sweet treats finally slows down. Bakery operations manager Wayne Takaki (background) said sales were up from last year’s Fat Tuesday, with more than 400 dozen going out the door in five hours and lines of customers leading out the door and into the parking lot. “We just couldn’t keep up,” he said.

Second Photo: Bakery sales manager Leighton Saito prepares boxes of malassadas on a busy Fat Tuesday. “It was standing room only, in the parking lot and whatever,” he said of the morning rushing before today’s start of Lent.