Are these the faces of innocent angels, or devious cookie dealers bent on ruining our fragile diets and already bulging waistlines?  Please read this plea from an obviously very troubled Hawaii Citizen:
  
"Every January I have a habit of seeking these girl scouts outside my local Safeway, Times and K-mart under the pretense of shopping... only to end up buying and devouring tons of Thin Mints (They are my favorite!).  I think I've personally been responsible for 6 of the past 8 girl scout cookie sales champions.  I've been a girl scout cookie chronic for as long as I can remember.  Even as my metabolism slowed down, my thin mint addiction did not.  Is there no clinic to treat this disorder?  I need help!"  -Keaka

I'm afraid not... There is no cure for the Girl Scout cookie addict.  They are so darned good that modern science has not yet created a cookie 12 step program.  What is the story behind this delectable delight?  Hawaii411 made an  urgent phone call to "Cookie Diva" Maureen Tsukimura, the Director of Product Sales for the Girl Scout Council of Hawaii.  Maureen is actually 'the woman' in charge of distribution of all girl scout cookies here locally (a very good person to know!).  She gave us some important background information that may help and inform Keaka regarding his plight.

Hawai411.com: Maureen, give us a little background on how the Girl Scouts started selling cookies?

Cookie Diva: Girl Scout cookies® are a familiar part of American culture. For more than 80 years, Girl Scouts, with the enthusiastic support of their families, have helped ensure the success of local Girl Scout cookie activities. From its earliest beginnings to its current popularity, Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts who sell cookies have fun, develop valuable life skills and "make the world a better place" by helping to support Girl Scouting in their communities. Girls are proud that their efforts provide resources for their local Girl Scout councils and for their own Girl Scout troops/groups.

Cookie Diva: Girl Scout cookies® had their earliest beginnings in the kitchens and ovens of our girl members, with mothers volunteering as technical advisers. The sale of cookies as a way to finance troop activities began as early as 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low (pictured here) started Girl Scouting in the United States. The earliest mention of a cookie sale found to date was that of the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, which baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project in December 1917.

Hawaii411.com: What kinds of cookies are available, and where can we find them? *mouth watering*

Cookie Diva: There are eight varieties available: Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Aloha Chips, Tagalongs, All Abouts (NEW THIS YEAR!), and the Olé Olé (ALSO NEW THIS YEAR!).  They cost $3.50 a box and can be found outside of Foodland, Sack N' Save, Times, Blockbuster Video, Kmart, Walmart, Safeway, and most military commissaries.  Or, consumers may call 595-8400 ext 208.

Hawaii411.com: Which are the most popular cookies?

Cookie Diva: The thin mints are the most popular.  And the second top-seller here in Hawaii are the Samoas.

Hawaii411.com: When is cookie season anyway?

Cookie Diva: This year, cookies will be on sale from January 11 through February 3rd.

Hawaii411.com: And how many boxes of cookies are sold each year?

Cookie Diva:
Over 400,000 boxes of cookies were sold in the 2001 Girl Scout Cookie Sale.  This year, we expect to sell 413,000 boxes.

Hawaii411.com: Now that's what I call a lot of cookies!

(crunch... crunch...) Oh, sorry... back to the article.  Where were we?  Oh yah, conclusion.  Well (crunch... crunch) the girl scouts have been selling these awesome (mmm.. crunch) boxes of goodies for more than 85 years.  They are (yum.. munch) so good I can't help myself when I get near them.  Pick up a couple of boxes from your (smack... crunch... chew) local girl scouts and you'll be helping to provide our outstanding young troops with treasured life experiences, lessons, and values. You won't find a more rewarding (yum!) way of contributing to a great cause.  Check out their website at www.girlscouts-hawaii.org and most of all, please buy cookies.  Except for you, Keaka... It seems like you've had enough!

Girl Scout Cookies - They are the best!