Whether it’s for breakfast with a steaming hot cup of coffee or as a mid-day sugary pick-me-up, doughnuts always hit the spot. And in Hawaii, you can taste doughnuts unlike any that you’ll find elsewhere in the world as the flavors draw influences from the foods on the island as well as the islands’ history. In Hawaii’s doughnut shops, you’ll find doughnuts flavored with purple taro, Portuguese doughnuts, and even doughnuts with bacon. Here are our favorites.
Donut King sells freshly-baked, homemade doughnuts at the Market City Shopping Center in Honolulu. The doughnuts at this popular bakery have a variety of delicious toppings such as sprinkles, nuts, marshmallows, and even bacon! And it doesn’t matter your preference, Donut King bakes both yeast and cake doughnuts to please every palate.
Serving traditional Portuguese doughnuts since 1952, Leonard’s is loved by all generations. At Leonard’s, order malasadas, which are Portuguese doughnuts without a hole. These can be topped with sugar, cinnamon sugar, or li hing, and filled with custard, chocolate, or coconut. Yum! Monthly flavors also provide a twist on the traditional. Leonard’s also has a food truck which you can find in the Waikele Shopping Center in Waipahu!
Kamehameha Bakery certainly offers a tasty doughnut treat that you’ll probably only be able to try in Hawaii: the poi glazed doughnut. Poi is a special flavored sugar that Kamehameha Bakery uses to create the glaze for their warm doughnuts. Opening at 3 a.m., you’ll definitely want to wake up early (or stay up late) to purchase a bag of these amazing doughnuts or their specialty malasadas while they’re hot.
Open Wednesday to Sunday, Pipeline Bake Shop and Creamery is definitely worth adding to any itinerary when in Honolulu. They bake delicious malasadas, cake bombs, and scones fresh daily and offer weekly specials that will have you coming back for more. Other delicious treats include ice cream, pies, and bars. But the best thing on their menu is the single stack, which is an iced coffee with a malasada on top!
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Offering delicious baked goods, such as doughnuts, cinnamon buns, and croissants, you have to make sure to arrive early because this spot is so popular that they sometimes sell out. Bite into their soft maple glazed doughnuts topped with bacon, dine on the coconut topped doughnuts, or sink your teeth into their peanut butter doughnuts. Doughnut flavors and toppings change frequently, so you’ll definitely have to visit more than once!
This business has been around for over 100 years and is known throughout Hawaii for serving delicious baked goods. What sets them apart from other bakeries selling doughnuts and other treats are their doughnuts on a stick. At Komoda T, you’ll see numerous baked treats behind their glass counters, but be sure to order the stick doughnuts as these are possibly their current top seller. And stick doughnuts have a reasonable under $2 price tag for a great deal of food!
Liliha Bakery is both a diner and a bakery, offering incredible puff pastries, pancakes, and flavorful poi doughnuts. The poi doughnuts here have a central hole and are deep fried to perfection. Poi doughnuts come in plain and glazed. You definitely need to order a dozen to go!
Kilani Bakery sells a wide array of baked goods, so this is a perfect stop if you are looking for something sweet to please everyone in the family. In addition to cakes, chocolatey brownies, pies, and cupcakes, Kilani Bakery serves doughnuts and the popular Portuguese-Hawaiian treat, malasadas.
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Stop by Café Sasa for a wide selection of freshly-baked doughnuts in trendy flavors and designs. If you or your child is really into unicorns, you should definitely stop at Café Sasa for their new unicorn doughnut, and while you’re at it, try one of their other numerous flavors. Café Sasa also offers red velvet, Oreo, green tea, chocolate, and maple doughnuts.
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The stand-out at Mr. Donut is their simple glazed doughnuts as they are warm, light, and perfectly done. Other flavors include chocolate topped, maple frosted, peanut butter, sprinkles, and nuts.