Aaron and Vinel Sugino, who bring their products to the Kino‘ole Farmers Market every Saturday morning, run their Blue Kalo Bakery out of the old Fujii store and bakery in Wailea, near Hakalau on the Big Island.
Blue Kalo makes cookies, like their “Mac Poi Chip,” which is macadamia nut, poi and chocolate chip, Mac Poi Raisin Oatmeal Chip, Sweet Potato and more. They also make chips (ulu, taro, purple sweet potato and more) and manju, such as lilikoi, ulu, taro and guava among other flavors. Their stuff is delicious!
When Aaron was just two years out of college, in 1986, he started Sugino and Sugino Inc. with his parents. They grew onions, sweet potatos and various other small crops.
From there he began making his own poi and taro chips, and then expanded into making sweet potato, ulu and cassava chips. He added the sour poi he could not sell into his mother’s chocolate chip cookie recipe.
It all led to the products they sell at their bakery, in tiny Wailea just down the street from Akiko’s Buddhist Bed & Breakfast, and which they bring to the Kino‘ole Farmers Market.
The Kino‘ole Farmers Market is located at 1990 Kino‘ole Street, at the corner of Kahaopea St. (the old Sure Save Market) two streets mauka of Puainako Town Center. It's open on Saturday mornings from 7 a.m. to noon.
- posted by Leslie Lang