In June 1882 the British sailing ship ‘Monarch’ brought Arsenio and Amelia DoRego from San Miguel Island, Portugal to Maui, Hawai’i under contract to work the sugar cane fields. Some 33 years later, their grandson Leonard was born. As a young man, Leonard worked at Snowflake Bakery until he founded Leonard’s Bakery in 1952. The bakery prospered. Not long after opening, Leonard’s mother suggested making malasadas for Shrove Tuesday – a Portuguese tradition. Although they thought it may be too ethnic, Leonard’s bakers complied. Malasadas were a huge hit, and the appetite for malasadas in Hawaii was born. That rich history is alive and well today, and Leonard’s malasadas will transport you to a simpler time.