Ah, the donut – one of America’s favorite treats. Joyous were the days our parents used to bring home donuts on a Saturday morning, accompanied by cartoons, of course. And even more magnificent are the days where office meetings are made more bearable due to that one co-worker who always brings donuts in. Serving everything from mouthwatering malasadas and classic coco puffs to decadent green tea donuts and everything in between, here are 11 mouthwatering donut shops across the Hawaiian Islands sure to change the way you eat breakfast forever.
1. Leonard’s Bakery, Honolulu
Nowhere does malasadas 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.
933 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816
2. Maui Sugar Shop Bakery, Lahaina
This cozy and charming bakeshop serves up a variety of decadent organic and gluten-free pastries, cakes, donuts, and desserts. Don’t forget to order a local coffee to go with that mouthwatering vegan and organic donut.
878 Front St A10, Lahaina, HI 96761
3. Kauai Bakery & Cinnamon, Lihue
This simple bakery serves up mouthwatering cream and chocolate-filled malasadas, as well as cookies, cakes and other baked goods. Be sure to stop by soon after they open at 6 a.m. for the freshest malasadas!
Kukui Grove Shopping Center, 3-2600 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766
4. Punalu’u Bake Shop, Naalehu
Punalu’u Bake Shop serves up some of the best Ka’u coffee, Hawaiian sweetbread, anpans, several flavors of mouthwatering malasadas, and a variety of bakery treats, ice cream, sandwiches, plate lunches, and fresh salads. Oh, and did we mention that it is also the southernmost bakery in the United States?
HI-11, Naalehu, HI 96772
5. Regal Bakery, Honolulu
With decadent donut options like maple bacon, crème brulee, and green tea, this bakery is for the adventurous eater who likes to try new things. They have pretty great glazed donuts, too, but their specialties are where all the praise comes from. This popular local shop is only open from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., so be sure to stop by early.
3040 Ualena St #40, Honolulu, HI 96819
6. T. Komoda General Store, Makawao
First opened as a general store in 1916, this Maui shop began to sell baked goods in the 1940s, and are now famous for their cream puffs, glazed donut sticks, and malasadas.
3674 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, HI 96768
7. Aloha Sweet Delights, Kaumakani
Aloha Sweet Delights is the perfect spot on the island of Kauai to grab your morning cup of coffee and a donut - whether you prefer your donuts to be of the plain glazed or maple bacon variety.
12550 Kaumualii Hwy, Kaumakani, HI 96747
8. Holy Donuts, Kailua-Kona
With Bavarian cream filled malasadas and a wide selection of donuts, this holy bake shop is a true Kailua-Kona gem. Made in small batches daily, we suggest you stop here early before the heavenly donuts are gone!
75-5729 Alii Drive #103, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
9. Agnes Portuguese Bake Shop, Kailua
For mouthwatering donuts, authentic malasadas and other delicious Portuguese treats, European breads, and specialty drinks, head to this classic patisserie in Kailua.
46 Hoolai St, Kailua, HI 96734
10. Donut Dynamite, Wailuku
Serving up handcrafted artisanal donuts made with Aloha, Donut Dynamite is all about mouthwatering and unique flavors like maple bacon, red velvet, sweet potato, vanilla bean, brown butter, and samoa (pictured here). Pre-order for next day pick-up is available - and advised if you’re looking for specific donuts.
1246 Lower Main St, Wailuku, HI 96793
11. Liliha Bakery, Honolulu
If you’ve never had a famous coco puff from Honolulu’s famous Liliha Bakery, you’re totally missing out. The exact recipe is a highly guarded secret, though you can find imitations online. A full-service bakery, coffee shop and diner located in Honolulu, Liliha Bakery has been a community staple since its doors were opened in 1950. In addition to their famous coco puffs, the cafe serves up traditional Hawaiian breakfast favorites and diner classics 24/7.
515 N Kuakini St., Honolulu, HI 9681
So, where are you headed to get your weekend donut fix? While these 13 donut shops are all fantastic,
Leonard’s Bakery stands out as a local favorite – and it’s where I’ll be headed come Saturday.