Kula & Ko Confectionery has announced the opening of its first retail store at International Market Place in Waikiki, Hawaii.
The new 550 square-foot space offers the company's signature pineapple filled cake bars. To celebrate, the company will be offering a grand opening weekend special from Saturday, June 10 to Sunday, June 11 with 15 percent off an entire purchase.
“We’re happy to have found our home at International Market Place where we are proudly able to share our beautifully packaged cakebars with kamaaina and the world. Customers are able to take a piece of aloha with them wherever they travel,” said Julianna Paik, co-founder of Kula & Ko Confectionery, in a a written release.
Inspired by the rich history of Hawaii’s plantation era, Kula & Ko takes its name from the Hawaiian words for gold (kula) and sugarcane (ko). The company’s first brick and mortar concept has been two years in the making.
Since the beginning, Kula & Ko has always used local vendors and locally-grown ingredients including pineapples from Dole Plantation on Oahu. In fact, one whole pineapple goes into each of their six cake boxes. The handmade cake bar is a hybrid between cake and cookie and offers a unique texture and flavor. Each buttery cake bar is handcrafted and baked at the baking headquarters located in Honolulu.
Fun Facts About Pineapples
- Pineapples were first cultivated in Hawaii in the 19th century. Hawaii is the only U.S. state where pineapples are still grown.
- It can take almost two years for a pineapple to mature to full size.
- Pineapples have been found to contain an enzyme known as “bromelian” which has been shown to reduce inflammation.
- Hawaiians first called pineapples “hala kahiki” which means “foreign fruit." The name “pineapple” harkens to the first European encounters with it, which to them resembled pinecones from conifers.
- Pineapples are high in Vitamin C, which is a primary water-soluble antioxidant that fights cell damages like heart disease and joint pain.
- Pineapples are low in fat and cholesterol but high in fiber, which means it aids in digestion.