Historians revive a cherished local custom
Portuguese immigrants to the Hawaiian islands brought with them the old-world style of baking in a wood-fired stone oven, a forno. In an effort to preserve this tradition, the Kona Historical Society of Hawaii created a replica of a traditional forno in Kealakekua. Volunteers light a fire inside in the wee hours of every Thursday morning. By 10 a.m., the action is in full swing, with volunteers preparing the dough for pao doce, a traditional Portuguese sweet bread.
The Kona Historical Society, dedicated to preserving the stories of Hawaiian islanders, organizes the baking, on the west coast of the Island of Hawaii, below the H.N. Greenwell Store Museum. Bread is baked every Thursday, starting at 6 a.m., and is ready for sale by about 10 a.m.
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