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Punaluu Bake Shop and Visitor Center

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95 - 5642 Mamalahoa Hwy, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96722
929-7343
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 168
    Excellent
  • 123
    Very good
  • 45
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great little bakery in Hawaii!

They had a delightful gift shop in addition to their baked goods. My son and I both bought several of their items and had some really great ice cream out on the patio. This bakery is the southern most one in the US.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Patfisher
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Portland, Oregon
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Takeout
  • Dessert
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348 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Naalehu, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is very much a tourist stop. Coffee only so so, bread smells divine but is too sweet for my liking and tried a pastry and was ridiculously sweet. The gift shop has a nice selection of souvenir type stuff. Washrooms are clean and outdoor seating is nice. Worth a stop just to see what all the fuss is about.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

They had a delightful gift shop in addition to their baked goods. My son and I both bought several of their items and had some really great ice cream out on the patio. This bakery is the southern most one in the US.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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232 reviews 232 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We popped in here for a late breakfast / early lunch and what a delightful surprise. Had a hard time deciding what to order it all looked (and tasted) delish. The staff was very friendly and helpful and there's a lovely outdoor seating area where you can enjoy the weather and a 'local' playing some music. You cannot go wrong... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We tried the bread pudding, macadamia nut cinnamon pinwheel, Bismarck malasada, and the eclaire... Excellent snack on the way to the volcano.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

If you are traveling in and around south point on the Big Island, this Bakeshop is a great place to stop. Yes it's the southern most Bakeshop in the US but don't go for that - go for the doughnuts! They Portuguese doughnuts were very yummy and come is a lot of great flavors. Buy several and share! We loved... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Stopped on the way back from a drive to the south end of the island. Nice place to stop. Vanilla Macadamia Nut Ice Cream was delicious ! Took pastries home for later. The coconut filled pastries were very good. Would recommend a stop to this bake shop. Especially for the ice cream.

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vancouver
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Im a bit torn giving the Panaluu Bake shop an average rating because I feel it's better than average but not quite good enough to get a solid good rating. I realize there is great subjectivity with all these ratings and reviews so I will attempt to clarify my C+/ B- rating. The fried airy donut without the hole…aka Masalada…... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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144 reviews 144 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This bakery had more to offer than other bakeries we stopped at in all 4 of the Hawaiian Islands. It started with samples of their different breads. They had a tantalizing display of various filled bakery, bismarcks, etc. It was hard to choose what to take but I don't think you could make a mistake finding several of their products.... More 

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Waikoloa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I am definitely not impressed with these malasadas. There is no filling at all. Try Tex,s up in Honaks'a and you will experience the best malasadas hot from the fryer. These are filled with the various flavors. Very disappointed in this location.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Heard a lot about their Malasada so I stopped to try it out. It seemed to be a popular place for the tour buses. I had the guava flavoured Malasada. I found it dry and not that tasty. Although it had a guava colour I couldn't taste the guava. Seems more like a tourist trap.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 95 - 5642 Mamalahoa Hwy, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96722
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Naalehu
  • Phone Number: 929-7343

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?