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.

While in LIHU‘E, be sure to swing by the MALASADA LADY‘s wooden shack outside Kmart in the KUKUI GROVE CENTER to sample this island favorite. Marlena Bunao, aka Kaua‘i’s renowned malasada lady, hand-prepares the sugary-sweet balls of dough fresh each morning before frying them up at her stand.

Be sure to get there early, because once the malasadas run out, that’s it until the next day.