Follow the Scent of Sweet breadBig Island

Like most things in Hawai‘i, the TREATS one finds to munch on are as varied as the people who’ve come to live in these islands. From the Portuguese, Hawai‘i has adopted the MALASADA (a hole-less donut typically coated in sugar) and SWEET BREAD (loaves of sweet, soft bread) as dining staples.

Here on Hawai‘i Island, some BAKERIES have taken the sweet bread recipe to a whole new island-inspired level, with flavorings that include tropical fruits and taro.

In Hilo, check out LOW’S INTERNATIONAL FOOD, or head south to PUNALU‘U BAKE SHOP, the southernmost bakery on the island and in the United States. You can also get malasadas filled with flavored creams like mango and liliko‘i (passion fruit).Here, you can get tropical-flavored malasadas (mango, taro or guava), or liliko‘i (passion fruit)-glazed malasada: an island favorite. Punalu‘u Bake Shop is a good rest stop, offering not only baked goods, but also sandwiches and local-style plate lunches on your way to Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ National Park. Find them online at

Punalu’u Bake Shop (808) 929-7343 or (866) 366-3501