Famous Amos gives cookie business another try

June 16, 2014 - 6:04 PM
Famous Amos

FILE - This Tuesday, June 12, 2007, file photo shows Wally Amos, of Kailua, Hawaii, in his home office in the Lanikai section of Kailua, Hawaii. The Hawaii man, who in the 1980s lost ownership of his Famous Amos cookie company, is now selling his cookies at candy store Boardwalk Treats under the name, The Cookie Kahuna. (AP Photo/Lucy Pemoni)

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii man who lost ownership of his Famous Amos cookie company in the 1980s is reinventing his brand yet again.

Wally Amos debuted his latest push for a retail rebound this month at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu. The 76-year-old is now selling his cookies at candy store Boardwalk Treats under the name "The Cookie Kahuna."

Amos has reinvented himself more than a half-dozen times since losing ownership of the Famous Amos company, along with use of his moniker and image, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported (http://ow.ly/y65DO ).

Amos started Famous Amos in 1975 in Los Angeles. The company ran into financial trouble and Amos eventually lost ownership. The brand is now owned by the Kellogg Co.

His latest venture comes after launching other cookie businesses in Hawaii, including Uncle Noname, Aunt Della's Cookies, Uncle Wally's Muffin Co. and Chip & Cookie, which lost him nearly $1 million. He has lived in Hawaii since 1977.

Amos says his previous successes and failures taught him to never give up.

"Failure is not failure, but an opportunity to begin again more intelligently," he told the Star-Advertiser, paraphrasing Henry Ford. "I love that quote. On my worst day I never thought I should quit. You are guaranteed to fail if you quit. But if you find the tenacity to keep going, eventually you will succeed."

He said he plans to launch online sales in the coming weeks at TheCookieKahuna.com.

"I'm setting up to do some real business, to make some real money and spend some time with the people that have always helped me," he said. "I don't have that money yet, but it's right around the corner."

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com