Leonard’s Bakery

Malasadas – Portuguese donuts without a hole – are wildly popular in Hawaii, and nowhere does them better than Leonard’s Bakery, a Honolulu staple since 1952.

The treat became popular after Leonard’s mother suggested making malasadas for Shrove Tuesday, a Portuguese tradition. The bakers thought it was too ethnic, but they tried it all the same, and Hawaii fell in love.

A crispy golden brown exterior gives way to a soft and chewy inside in flavors like cinnamon sugar – some malasadas are even filled with custard or haupia, and there is a malasada flavor of the month. In addition to Leonard’s mouthwatering malasadas, there are also a variety of pastries, cookies cakes and pies on the menu.