Oahu teenager turns his passion for baking into a business

By Mika Miyashima

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (KITV) — A high school student from Oahu has turned her passion for baking into a business.

Kyra Lung, 16, opened her own cookie shop “Kyra The Baker” at International Market Place in Waikiki over the weekend.

The young entrepreneur began her love of baking at a young age, but in 2018 she turned it into a business, making treats for her family and friends.

Last year, she started taking things more seriously, landing three Nordstrom pop-ups and looking for spaces to set up shop.

“Everyone would say no, or they probably wouldn’t even answer because of my age or the two-month lease,” Lung explained. “But, I knew I could get a spot, because you know, nothing is impossible even if someone says so.”

Lung landed the two-month lease at International Market Place about three weeks ago. She appreciates the opportunity and the support.

“I have my mom to help me out, which I’m so grateful for. She stays up all night with me wrapping all of this up and decorating them all, and creating new flavors as well,” Lung said. “So I would say it takes until about 2 a.m. to go to sleep together and you know wake up around 7 a.m. put everything in the car and then set up the store before 9 a.m.

Lung has even employed some of his friends who say they enjoy their new summer jobs.

As for what’s next, Lung plans to take a break from baking to focus on graduating from Punahou and getting into college.

In the long term, she plans to eventually expand her shop and start another business: selling jewelry.

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