Malassada Tuesday

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

First Photo: Home Maid Bakery General Supervisor Orlando Quemedo (foreground) removes cooked malassadas from a fryer Tuesday morning while Cake Department Manager Dixie Samson prepares to add another three dozen balls of dough into the 330 degree oil. Serving a busy Fat Tuesday crowd intent on living it up before today’s start of Lent, the bakery on Wailuku’s Lower Main Street was hopping from the moment it opened at 5 a.m. Quemedo said that by 8 a.m. they had already sold 300 dozen and were on track to reach their goal of selling 1,000 dozen on the day.

Second Photo: Wailuku’s Colette Dang shows off her box of warm malassadas Tuesday morning at Home Maid Bakery. Born and raised in Wailuku, she said she has been enjoying malassadas on Fat Tuesday for 70 years. “It’s tradition because I have Portuguese blood,” she said. “Every year we come here to pick up malassadas before fasting for Lent.” She said she was giving up desserts for Lent this year.