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Punaluu Bake Shop and Visitor Center

95 - 5642 Mamalahoa Hwy, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96722
929-7343
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Ranked #2 of 8 Restaurants in Naalehu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout, Dessert
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Kentucky
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Loved the lilikoi malasadas (passion fruit doughnuts) and coffee. Cute koi pond outside, extra patio room, clean restrooms.

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16 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Wish I would have bought more, make sure to get the mix of 3 bread loaf - it has purple / pink / orange colors in it ! And no butter , it takes away from the bread flavor

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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The Punaluu Bakery is an excellent stop when taking the South route around the island to the Volcanoes National Park. They have a nice little gift shop and an amazing assortment of baked goods. Their malasadas are good but I would prefer it if they served them hot. But they are still good either way. This was our second visit... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

Come for the smells and the baked goods, both are fantastic. Bread, rolls, doughnuts, the baking staff and the customer service staff all hit excellent. One of the best things I found out, is they deliver to the main land! Watch out, I will be ordering. Great job to everyone there!

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Oh my god! If the smell does not get you then you have no sense of smell. This bakery has many Portuguese favorites and we loved it. Portuguese sweet bread and malasadas (Portuguese donuts) are outstanding. Try the Lilikoi malasadas. The topping is a passion fruit....outstanding! This place is a must if you like baked goods!

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Alaska
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We arrived here just before opening at 9:00 AM on our way to Kona from Hilo and found customers lined up at the door. We didn't mind waiting a short time for the initial rush to subside since there is a beautiful tropical garden outside to wander through. We all had various malasadas...sugar or cinnamon covered, fruit filled, and my... More

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I wish they were open for breakfast and dinner! The hours are 9-5. The food was amazing! You must try a sweetbread...even if your on a diet!

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Brooklyn, New York
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9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This place is a popular tour bus stop, so by the time we got there at 12:30, there was a long line for food. We were starving, so we got some of the pre-made sandwiches sitting in the cooler. We had low expectations, but we found them delicious. We had tuna salad, seafood salad, and turkey sandwiches. All the fillings... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

After a long ride from Kona to the famous black beach of Punalu'u, we stopped for lunch. Great pastries and plates lunches (very popular in Hawaii). A few souvenirs as well. Nice little place.

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Chicago, Illinois
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16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We stopped by on the drive from Volcano area to Kona. Grabbed a burger and a chicken sandwich, both were fine. Tried the sweet bread samples, actually not to our liking but clearly very popular at the bake shop and in most grocery stores across the Big Island. The girl working the counter was super friendly, and the multiple picnic... More

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