Leonard's Bakery on Oahu is not a local secret spot anymore. A once quiet bakery sitting midway up Kapahulu Avenue, is now featured in many tourist guide books, and has become an Oahu attraction itself! All the attention and fame goes to these little special Portuguese style donuts call malasadas!
So, what’s all the hype about Leonard's Bakery and their
malasada donuts? For one, it’s just not another
doughnut. Food fads and crazes come and go, but there is good reason
why the lines remain on any given day, year after year. These
Portuguese style doughnuts are fried to order.
They are the size of your palm, medium weighted, rolled in sugar, and fluffy and airy on the inside. The taste is like no other, and it’s almost injustice trying to describe it in words!
We owe a little thanks
to the DoRego family that migrated from Portugal to Maui for an
opportunity to work in the sugar cane fields in 1882. But it
wasn’t until 1952, when their grandson Leonard & wife moved to
Honolulu, and opened the doors to their own bakery, not too far outside Waikiki.
Soon after opening their doors, Leonard’s mother suggested making a traditional treat for “Strove Tuesday”. Today these traditional malasada treats have become a staple phenomenon that we’ve come to love…and the rest is history!
How do you make an amazing treat even more awesome? If you
guessed rolling them in flavored sugars or stuffing the malasadas with
delicious tropical cream flavors, when you guessed right. Don’t
get me wrong, plain hot malasadas are still wonderful, but the new
flavors have turned it up a notch.
Flavor choices such as Haupia (coconut crème), Custard, Dubash
(chocolate), and Macadamia are now part of the menu, along with
Cinnamon Sugar and Li Hing (candied plum).
Make sure to also order the flavor
of the month, which are always a
treat. It will usually be one of the following tropical flavors:
Mango, Guava, Banana, Pineapple or Lychee (passion fruit).
Don’t feel too guilty if you walk out of the bakery with
folks do! They run $1.10 each for plain sugar coated, or $1.50
each for malasadas with a filling.
There are a few other items at Leonard’s bakery that are
try. I like Pao Doce Wraps, that is the Hawaiian sweet
are stuffed with Portuguese
Sausage $3.25 each…makes for a good snack when you get hungry at some
point of the day.
& Coconut Turnovers, and Fudge Mac
Brownies are also quite tasty!
And you must walk out
with a large Pao
Doce which is also known as Hawaiian
If you are
unfamiliar, this soft semi-sweet roll is another must have treat that
you can simply rip apart with the family and enjoy!
Visit Leonard’s Bakery early on during your vacation, as
most likely want to return at some point. I usually get my fill when dining at nearby Kapahulu restaurants, including popular Rainbow Drive In.
The lines tend to get long as the day goes on, but move quickly. The owners and staff have streamlined their operation to help get orders out quickly. Maybe everyone is lining up for their cute Malasada Babies...? I'll bet they make for great survivors!
Parking is tough, both in their small
parking lot and surrounding
neighborhood. You might need to let someone else run in
tend to the car.
Order more than less, or you’ll find yourself standing
back in line
Spend 4 to 5 hours touring hole-in-the-wall eateries located just beyond Waikiki.
Visit some of Hawaii’s gems, and learn a little culinary history, while exploring the different cultures that make up our island. Taste local favorites like Spam Musubi, Ube, Poke, Malasadas, and island plate lunch hits!
These are small-group tours, to help keep the experience personalized, so make sure to sign up early if interested. Book Aloha Food Plate Tour Now!
Towards the end of Waikiki, and just before Kapiolani Park, is
Kapahulu Ave. You simple travel up Kapahulu Ave towards the
freeway for about a mile and half, and it will be located on your right
933 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu Phone (808) 737-5591
Open hours 5:30 AM to 10 PM Daily, 11 PM Closing Time on Fri & Sat
More at LeonardsBakery.com
There are a few Leonard Malasada Food Trucks that travel around the island, so keep your eyes peeled and just might set yourself up for a treat during your travels. This Hot Malasada Truck is usually parked in the Koko Head Marina Shopping Center. It's an easy stop on your way to Hanauma Bay or nearby Sandy Beach!
For decades Leonard’s has been the sole master of making malasada in Hawaii. And there hasn’t been any noteworthy bakeries of these Portuguese style donuts until now.
The Pipeline Bakery is located just 5 minutes away from Leonard’s in the Wai’alae town area. You’ll discover tasty versions of the hot malasada along with many other delicious treats.
The sugar-coffee & coco rubbed malasada are worth trying, and make sure to taste their Coconut Haupia Ube Macadamia Nut Squares! Another must try is their Homemade Malasada Ice Cream filled Malasadas…only available on Wed - Sun 2 PM to closing!
Open 7AM to 9 PM Wed - Sat, Sun 8 AM to 9 PM, Closed Mon & Tue
3632 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 738-8200, pipelinebakeshop.com
Forget the 1 hour drive to the North
Shore for a Matsumoto
Shave Ice, when you can enjoy the island treat right here in
Hawaiian shave ice has been perfected over the years at Waiola Shave Ice, and worth a try.
Waiola shave ice
has a big
following on Oahu! Make sure to try
some of the exotic
tropical flavors…and always request a
scoop of vanilla ice cream at the bottom of your cone to make it
complete! Yes, the ice cream does magic to the experience...
7:30am to 6pm,
except open 10am on Sunday
Location: 3113 Mokihana St, Honolulu, HI (across from Safeway, off Kapahulu St)
Phone (808) 735-8886 Check out more Waiola Shave Ice reviews.
Too many amazing local Upper-Waikiki restaurants to choose from,
including Ono Hawaiian Foods
for obviously delicious Hawaiian meals,
Side Street Inn for great
comfort foods with an Asian flare, and a few
star plate lunch houses such as Rainbow
Drive-Inn –a locals favorite!
Open Daily 7 AM to 9 PM
Location: 3308 Kanaina Ave, Honolulu, (808) 737-0177
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