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Meet Andrea Bugawisan of Ho’onani Cakes in Chula Vista

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Bugawisan.

Andrea, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Started the bakery while on disability, after having a kidney transplant. Wanted to pass the time, so I began to experiment with Hawaiian Desserts, knowing there are not much offered in San Diego.

Started off with family taste testers and loved to co-workers once I returned to work.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Not a smooth road to success. Many obstacles to overcome with the city, FDA, and County.

Obtaining the correct licenses and certificates to become an online bakery was difficult and confusing. Locating a Commissary that is approved by the County was time-consuming and frustrating.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Ho’onani Cakes story. Tell us more about the business.
We specialize in Hawaiian Desserts. We are known for Malasadas (Portuguese Fried Donuts, popular within the Hawaiian community).

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck has played a major role in both life and business. I was lucky to have a Sister to agree to donate a kidney to improve my quality of life. I was lucky to have a family to support my decision to open an online bakery.

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