Damien sells thousands of malasadas for Fat Tuesday

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Jade Storms

Every year, students and volunteers make thousands of malasadas for the Damien Memorial School "Fat Tuesday" malasada drive through sale. This year was the fifth Fat Tuesday malasada sale for the school, and more than 6,000 malasadas were sold in just a few hours.

Students, parents, and by goers were able to purchase a half dozen malasadas for $5 or a dozen malasadas for $10, and while the event started at 6:30 a.m. and was supposed to go until 10:30 a.m.,the last box sold out by 9 a.m.

Kyris Jimenez, one of the first girls to attend Damien Memorial School, was one of the volunteers that arrived in the wee hours of the night to start making malasadas.

"I woke up at 12:30 and got here at 1:50," Jimenez said. "My mom was really supportive of coming here early and was happy to come and help volunteer."

Batches of about 35 pre made malasada dough were dropped into the fryer where they cooked for two minutes and thirty seconds, being flipped halfway through. Fresh out the fryer, the malasadas were rolled in sugar before being packaged in boxes.

After selling out of more than 6,000 malasadas, Damien Memorial School raised over $5,000 that will go towards school equipment, upgrading the technology for students, as well as financial assistance for students.

Because the malasada drive through sale has sold out every year, Damien Memorial School hopes they will find a way to produce more malasadas next year because of the high demand.

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