LIHUE — Chris Taniguchi of Daylight Donuts said all hands will be on deck Friday.
“We’re making a lot of donuts,” Taniguchi said. “I was here last year, and it was crazy busy. Friday is National Donut Day.”
National Donut Day celebrates 100 years since The Salvation Army Donut Lassies first started the tradition on the front lines in World War I in France.
On Kauai, Daylight Donuts and Aloha Sweet Delites will be offering people a free doughnut — while supplies last — to celebrate the event in support of the Salvation Army.
Daylight Donuts will be hosting donuts from 6 to 11 a.m. while supplies last, and donut aficionados have an opportunity for a photo with a Donut Lassie. A percentage of sales for additional doughnut will benefit The Salvation Army.
“People just need to drop in,” Taniguchi said. “We’ll be donating a lot of doughnuts to the Salvation Army who will be delivering doughnuts to community organizations.”
Traditionally, a Salvation Army red kettle is usually placed at the entrance to the bakery at Aloha Sweet Delites where donuts will be available from 7 to 11 a.m. while supplies last.
“While Donut Day is always fun, it is particularly special this year because we are commemorating 100 years since The Salvation Army’s Donut Lassies first began serving donuts to soldiers on the front line of World War I in France in 1917,” said Major John Chamness, divisional leader for The Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division. “We will have costumed Donut Lassies at most participating bakery locations around the state and encourage Donut Day fans to share photos via social media using the hashtags #NationalDonutDay and #GivingSweet.”
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Lihue and Hanapepe will join the celebration from 10 a.m. to noon, offering free coffee and doughnuts while supplies last. Additionally, customers receive 25 percent off all thrift store items except furniture.
The 7-Eleven stores in Hawaii will donate the proceeds of its Canister Change Program to The Salvation Army in June.
The Salvation Army will be celebrating 120 years on Kauai this year.