Like most things in Hawai‘i, the TREATS one fi nds to munch on are as varied as the people who’ve come to live on these islands. This literal ethnic melting pot results in delicious 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 holeless 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 fi nd variations fi lled with cream or other fi llings.
Screaming for ice cream? Head to LAPPERT’S HAWAI‘I , a beloved brand of Hawai‘i ice cream. They have locations in Kōloa, Hanapēpē, Kapa‘a and Princeville.
For other delicious indulgences, fi nd ALOHA ‘ĀINA JUICE CAFÉ at Hōkūlei Village, located in Līhu‘e. Here, you’ll fi nd delicious grab-and- go items and an array of fresh juices, smoothies and açai bowls. You’ll want to indulge in the decadent Niu Bowl that’s comprised of a haupia (coconut pudding) base layered with açai, mango, banana, coconut water and coconut fl akes, the topped with homemade granola, more bananas and drizzled with honey. As its name suggests, the café does help take care of the ‘āina (land). Ninety-fi ve percent of their produce is grown on-island, some coming from a local high school’s agriculture program.
But your best bet is to check with your concierge to fi nd out where the locals go to indulge their sweet tooth! ALOHA ‘A¯INA JUICE CAFÉ 808-378-4256 KO¯LOA MILL 808-742-6544