The Short Family at their family owned and operated Short-N-Sweet Bakery in Hilo, Hawaii. 

Baking and it’s many wonderful, varied aspects has always been a lifelong love for Maria Short. She discovered the magic of mixing flour, butter, sugar and eggs to create something delicious at an early age. She continued to pursue her interest by attending Baltimore International Culinary College and then graduating from L’Academie de Cuisine’s Pastry Arts program with honors. Maria has worked as a pastry chef in restaurants, catering companies and patisseries. She has also worked as a pastry chef instructor, teaching Merchant Marines how to bake. 

It was while Maria was teaching that she met her husband, Dien, a Merchant Marine who worked as a chief steward. Dien was raised in Hawaii and left after high school to travel and see the world.  He traveled extensively in Asia, Polynesia, South and Central America, Europe and even Africa, but always considered Hawaii his home.

In 2004, they opened Short N Sweet Bakery & Cafe in Hawi.  Then in 2010 Short N Sweet moved to a much larger facility in Hilo.  With the extra space they were able to expand their menu and offerings, adding artisan breads, croissants and bagels.  They also enjoy being able to hold wine events and afternoon high teas.

They feel very blessed to have the opportunity to create and live in paradise!







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