If it’s Fat Tuesday, then that mean’s Damien Memorial’s traditional malasada sale is in full swing. This year, Fat Tuesday fell on February 9th and a plethora of volunteers helped “pinch,” fry, dust, pack, and transport the sugary doughnuts from the cafeteria to more volunteers outside in the parking lot for pick up and sale. The sale has become so successful that it is not uncommon to see three rows of cars in the parking lot where drivers and passengers await their hot, sweet, and chewy pastries!
And yes, the media was there, whetting the appetites of their viewers.
Fat Tuesday, or Terça Feira Gorda in Portuguese, is celebrated on the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten Season in the Roman Catholic Church. Fat Tuesday is the day to “splurge” on all the rich, fatty and decadent foods before the fasting discipline of Lent is observed, which ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.
Inhabitants of the Portuguese islands of Madeira and the Azores brought the malasada to Hawaii as laborers on the sugar and pineapple plantations. The word malasada comes from the Portuguese “mal-assada” which literally means “under-cooked.” Damien’s malasadas are cooked perfectly, of course, as attested to by many of our “customers” that say our malasadas are arguably the best in the islands.
Mahalo to all who purchased Damien’s malasadas and to all the volunteers who helped out, some coming in as early as midnight. Also a special kudos goes out to Ayumi Johnson, Institutional Advancement Coordinator, and to Albert Cabatingan, cafeteria manager, and his staff for another successful fundraiser sale!