This November marks the 100th Year Anniversary of Makawao's beloved Komoda Store and Bakery.
Takezo and Shigeri Komoda opened the first Komoda store as a coffee saloon on Olinda Rd in 1916. They purchased land in Makawao town proper and opened the current store in 1932. Their large family worked as a team delivering groceries and serving food. During WW II business boomed with so many military in town. They continued to sell groceries and expanded to hardware and fabric as Makawao's general store.
In 1947, Ikup , Takeo;s brother, went to baking school in Minnesota. The Komoda ohana began to focus on their bakery operation as larger supermarkets became the norm. . Ikuo Komoda baked the stick donuts and malasadas and the iconic cream puffs which was added to the menu in the 1960's.
In 2016, the bakery produces 30 items. People line up early in the morning to get their fresh baked goods. My neighbor island guests always buy boxes of goodies to take home which is customary.
Darrell Orwig and I recently completed the new exhibit to honor Komodas. We had such a blast doing this exhibit. We made donuts our of styrofoam and everyone is getting a laugh out of this. I love what we get to do, all aspects of it....and it really tickles our visitors, local and world wide.
If you are on Maui, take a drive Upcountry and stop in and say hi. We are the little museum with a big heart.