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Malasada Tuesday a tradition in Hawaii

Leonard Rego Leonard Rego
Nadine Lezada Nadine Lezada
Art Harris Art Harris

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some call it Mardi Gras, others call it Fat Tuesday. But in Hawaii, it may as well be called Malasada Tuesday, especially at Leonard's and other malasada bakeries around town.

Visitors to the islands and locals love the sweet pastries.

"They're fantastic, they beat everything. Doughnuts, all pastries, everything," said Art Harris, who is visiting from Canada.

"The economy is not the greatest, you know. We're just really fortunate that people still love us," said Leonard's Bakery owner Leonard Rego.

Even with extra staff, it's still a challenge to keep up with the extra demand. According to Rego, malasada sales on Fat Tuesday are five times greater than regular Tuesday sales.

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