Indulge Your Sweet ToothKaua‘i

Like most things in Hawai‘i, the TREATS one finds to munch on are as varied as the people who’ve come to live on these islands. Through this literal ethnic melting pot come creations that are unique to Hawai‘i itself, with recipes even varying from island to island.

One local staple comes from the Portuguese—the MALASADA. Similar to a hole-less donut, these sweet treats are lighter and airier than most pastries. Traditionally, malasadas are given a good coating of sugar and served warm from the fryer; however, you also can find variations filled with cream or other fillings.

For other delicious indulgences, find PAPALANI GELATO’S frozen tropical delights in Lihu‘e and Po‘ipu Shopping Village. Their gelato is made fresh daily in small batches; they also stock cakes, pies and other sweets. PINK’S CREAMERY in Hanalei and BANANA JOE’S in Kilauea are other favorites, as is LAPPERT’S HAWAII’S beloved Hawai‘i ice cream. They have locations in Koloa, Hanapepe, Kapa‘a and Princeville.

But your best bet is to check with your concierge to find out where the locals go to indulge their sweet tooth!