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Getting the oven on

HANAPEPE — The pizza came out of the stone hearth oven just in time for lunch Monday at the new bakery in Hanapepe.

After years of baking artisan bread in the kitchen of the Hanapepe Cafe, Evan McAfee and Ursa Swift of Midnight Bear Breads opened the doors to the new bakery and pastry shop, located in the Hanapepe Cafe building.

The original cafe closed down due to health reasons and the need for medical attention required by its owner, Helen Lacono.

Hanapepe Cafe has since re-opened on a smaller scale. With the addition of a dividing wall, the bakery and pastry shop operated by McAfee and Swift became a reality.

“We’re still operating on a small scale,” McAfee said. “Right now, we’re open from 6:30 a.m. with pastries and bread on Mondays and Wednesdays. We’re planning on being open until 4 p.m., Friday hours are from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. to accommodate the Friday Night Art Walks. Tuesdays? We’ll see how things go and take it from there.”

Using a stone hearth oven which McAfee said was imported from Italy, the couple produces baked offerings that are sold in farmers markets in Kilauea and at Kauai Community College. The bakery also supplies items to some of the health food stores on the island.

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