Makawao family bakery celebrates century in business
(Image: The Maui News / Matthew Thayer)
MAKAWAO, Hawaii (AP) - A Maui mom-and-pop bakery is celebrating 100 years in business.
Komoda Store & Bakery dates to 1916 when it opened as T. Komoda Store in Makawao. What started as a general store is now known for its stick doughnuts and cream puffs.
The Maui News (http://ow.ly/qbh8305N7Pm) reports the Makawao History Museum is hosting an exhibit based on the anniversary.
Museum researcher Gail Ainsworth says founders Takezo and Shigeri Komoda anticipated losing what they had because they were not U.S. citizens as World War II loomed before the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. So they transferred the business to their oldest son and his wife, who were citizens.
Betty Shibuya, the founders' granddaughter, says she can't believe the family business has thrived for a century. Her husband is the chief baker.