Dishing up pies both savory and sweet, Honolulu’s newest food truck debuts tonight at Eat the Street Chocolate, from 4-9 p.m. at 805 Ala Moana Boulevard. For more information about this month’s food truck and street food event, see our ETS guide.
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Which brings us to Kathy Masunaga, office worker-turned-baker. Kathy grew up in the local Japanese bakery Fujiya, the one that even today turns out those awesomely creamy-crunchy green peanut butter mochi you see at the supermarket. From the day after Christmas to New Year's Eve, her family lived at the Kalihi sweet shop, filling orders for New Year's mochi virtually round the clock. Kathy's memories of childhood New Years are vague, mostly to do with being woken up and handed a sparkler at midnight, after which the exhausted family promptly fell back asleep.
Understandably, that's not the kind of baking Kathy fell in love with as an adult. A year ago she turned her passion into a business, turning out savory and sweet pies for the Thursday evening farmers' market at St. Clement's Church in Makiki, and desserts for the cast and crew of Hawaii Five-O. Here she is with her son Jarrett. (Her other son, Riley, designed his mom's Sweet Revenge logo.)
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