Komoda Store and Bakery

Apple pie. Glazed doughnuts. Macadamia nut cookies. And those incredible cream puffs. It's hard to choose among the delicious treats from T. Komoda Store and Bakery. The line forms early, especially on weekends, as Komoda fans wait eagerly for the famous products of this Makawao institution. Of course, you can buy other things at Komoda's. The store sells milk, canned goods, newspapers — much the same merchandise as any small-town grocery store, some in old-fashioned glass display cases. But it's the baked goods that are Komoda's claim to fame. These delicious pastries are made with recipes created by Ikuo Komoda, whose father, Takezo Komoda, left a plantation job around 1916 to open a store and bakery in Makawao. The original business was located on the site now occupied by Polli's Mexican Restaurant, across the intersection of Baldwin and Makawao roads. In 1945, Takezo paid a grand total of $10 to buy the present site from Miss Rose Crook, whose family at one time owned much of Makawao town. Takezo's five sons all worked for the store. Today a third and fourth generation are in charge, carefully guarding the family's celebrated — and secret — recipes.

Image courtesy: Komoda Family Collection.
Story: Jill Engledow

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