Kamehameha Bakery moving to new location after 36 years

Published On: May 27 2014 09:45:21 PM HST   Updated On: May 28 2014 06:40:42 AM HST

For 36 years, Kamehameha Bakery has been frying, baking and sugaring pastries on North School Street.

Tuesday was their last day in that kitchen and they're moving to a new location.

Click here to watch Ashley Moser's report.

Customers have been following that sizzling sound and the smell of freshly baked goods for decades.  They have been choosing from 36 kinds of pastries, satisfying every sweet tooth.

Owner Geramie Paglinawan says the success of this family-owned bakery comes from pure dedication.

"My husband always said he was born to work and I told him, I was born to sleep!," said Paglinawan as she laughs.

Since opening in 1978, sleep comes at odd hours.  That's because she and her husband open up the bakery at 2 a.m. seven days a week.  But, the landlord at its North School Street location is selling the building.

Starting on Friday, Kamehameha Bakery will be selling its goods near City Square on Kalani Street.

"Over there is crowded already, so we have a lot of people over there waiting for us!" said Paglinawan.

Loyal customers will be waiting, too! 

"It's OK.  We'll go anywhere to get it!" said customer Liane Angaran.

"I think the new location is perfect with the other eateries.  They need a dessert place there," said customer Rhandi Uehara.

Paglinawan says the key to those delicious baked goods are the ovens -- the originals from 1959 baking at 340 degrees everyday.  Sadly, Kamehameha Bakery cannot take those ovens to the new location, but the owners were able to find one that does exactly the same magic!

"I kept everything the same!" said Paglinawan.  "When you walk in over there, you're going  to think you're walking in over here, except newer!"

New equipment and a new location, but the same traditional recipes.

The owners say the popularity of their taro doughnuts have hit Japan and, by the end of the year, they plan to sell a franchise to a Japanese investor.


PHOTOS: Kamehameha Bakery closes doors on old store

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