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Sweet stops in Honolulu

Just one of Hokulani’s many flavors
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Hawaii. You expect palm tree lined beaches and umbrella drinks. You’ve even heard of poi, the notoriously sticky starch favored by locals and usually described by visitors as similar to wallpaper paste. What you might not expect is a collection of bakers offering sweet treats with a decidedly island flavor. 

 

Leonard’s Malasada – If the state of Hawaii had an official baked good, the malasada would surely be it. Brought to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, this hole-less doughnut, more square than round, is an island favorite. Family owned and operated, Leonard’s has been making malasadas for Oahu residents since 1952 and they know how to do it right. Try them tossed in cinnamon-sugar or filled with luscious custard in tropical flavors like lilikoi, mango, or pineapple.


Liliha Bakery – You see those local folks on your inter-island flight gingerly carrying a bakery box, tied up with string? Odds are good that box is filled with coco puffs from Liliha Bakery, a favorite treat to bring to neighbor island friends and family. Savvy visitors to Hawaii make a beeline to pick up the famous coco puffs from Liliha Bakery: a chocolate filled pastry puff, topped with chantilly frosting. They sell between 4,800 and 7,200 coco puffs every day.


Hokulani Bake Shop – Where Leonard’s and Liliha Bakery are a long-standing tradition in Hawaii, Hokulani Bake Shop is fairly new to the island sweets scene. But, oh, what a sweet treat they bring. This boutique bakery crafts gorgeous cakes and cupcakes that are made with real butter and sugar, and without trans-fats or corn syrup. Why, that’s almost enough to call them healthy! Hokulani Bake Shop has three locations on Oahu: on Ala Moana Boulevard in Restaurant Row, downtown in Pioneer Plaza, and at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki.