Fat Tuesday Means Malasada Day in the Islands

Darlene Young
Darlene Young

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Tuesday is the last day of celebration before Ash Wednesday, and that means all night of partying and stuffing yourselves with those guilty pleasures.

Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent, when many people give up things like certain foods, drinks or desserts.

So, on this Tuesday before, people stuff themselves full of those things, that's why they call it Fat Tuesday.

And that is exactly what you'll find taking place at Aloha Tower.

The party has just begun and will go till Aloha Tower Marketplace shuts down at 2:00 in the morning.

But this just one of two big events happening in Honolulu, nearby at Nuuanu Avenue the annual block party will also be taking place as thousands take to the streets.

It's Fat Tuesday and in the islands that means its also Malasada Day!

At one of the most popular places for this piping hot treat, Leonards Bakery, malasadas are on the minds of many.

People lined up to get these sugary doughnuts, something they've been doing for years before having to give up things, like sweets, for Lent.

But the big question is just how many malasadas are made on this big day?

"How much malasadas do we sell, even we don't know. But it's almost double the volume," said Darlene Young of Leonard's Bakery.

This day is the busiest day of the year for Leonards, making the traditional malasadas as well as ones injected with chocolate, coconut or other fillings.

And while locals many can't wait to sink their teeth into these treats every year,  these mainland visitors are trying their very first ones and now know why malasada day is such a tasty tradition in the islands.