Ahhh, don’t you just love the warm aroma of fresh baked bread? Is there anyone on earth who doesn’t love that smell?
On any given morning that’s the enticing, aroma emanating from the ovens of ‘Ōhia Bakery in Waipio. Andrew Vliet, founder of ‘Ōhia Bakery, home of the famous Moloka’i Portuguese Sweetbread has provided Hawai’i with the famous bread. It wasn’t easy. A year of countless batches of trial and error and multiple conversations with local Kupuna inally yielded the famous recipe. In order to bring the bread to O’ahu, he lew every thursday, bought his ingredients from O’ahu suppliers, baked his bread in a rented kitchen, and sold them at the Swap Meet on weekends. he demand for bread on O’ahu became too great, so he moved over.
Today, ‘Ōhia Bakery has expanded to include delicious Aunty Leilani Cookies, Le Bon traditional Japanese white bread, hamburger and hot dog buns. he original sweetbread now comes in a sandwich loaf and as dinner rolls.
‘Ōhia bakery is also proud to ofer generous fundraising opportuni- ties for various organizations. Organizations can choose to sell the round or loaf sweetbread, dinner rolls or their scrumptious, bite size cookies. hey have Chocolate Pecan Coconut Macadamia, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. Choose one or sell them all.
Andrew’s son Pieter manages the family business, so give him a call if your group is interested. Pieter says his goal is to keep the vision of his father–to bake the best Portuguese Sweetbread in Hawaii. Pieter, very recently, began selling breakfast delectables from its bakery front. Pieter is delighted to have the opportunity to carry on his father’s vision to provide Hawaii with its daily bread.
Visit the folks at ‘Ōhia bakery every morning. hey’re in Waipio at 94-344 Uke’e St Unit 7. You can call them at 808-216-9744 or ind them on the web at www.ohiabakery.com.