Born and raised on Oahu to a family who loves to eat sweets, I’ve been to my share of bakeries on the island.
I have memories of going to Manoa Bakery as a kid for stick donuts, one of my dad’s favorites, and Valley High Bakery in Kalihi Valley for butter rolls.
I remember the long johns at 9th Avenue Bakery and the giant glazed donuts from Kimuraya Bakery, both in Kaimuki.
While those bakeries have been long closed — and sorely missed — that hasn’t stopped me from trying every bakery that’s popped up since then.
In fact, visiting bakeries could be listed as one of my favorite pastimes, along with surfing and hiking with my dogs.
But as much as I travel to the Neighbor Islands, I haven’t been to too many bake shops there. And I’m not sure why. Maybe I’m always there on assignment or to visit family and never really have time to explore the neighborhood bakeries. Sure, I’ve been to the most famous ones — like Komoda Bakery on Maui (above) and Punaluu Bake Shop in Naalehu on the Big Island. But that’s about it.
So I’m throwing this out there: where are the best bakeries on the other islands? And what should I order the next time I’m there?
This is good to know!