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Punaluu Bake Shop and Visitor Center

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American, Delicatessen, Hawaiian
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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
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 245
    Excellent
  • 170
    Very good
  • 56
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
We made the stop to check it out. Good foods!

We made this stop per recommendation of the locals. What a great place and good pastries as well. We arrived just before closing so the prices were 50% off and that was just a bonus. I would have not tried as many types of foods if they were full price. Still the prices were reasonable for sure... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Justin C
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Eugene, Oregon
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Eugene, Oregon
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We made this stop per recommendation of the locals. What a great place and good pastries as well. We arrived just before closing so the prices were 50% off and that was just a bonus. I would have not tried as many types of foods if they were full price. Still the prices were reasonable for sure! Must visit when... More 

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Thank Justin C
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We bought so much bread, pastry for the road. Just the best bakery around...The staff is friendly and helpful..plus the little gift shop and outdoor seating is perfect..

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Thank GlampingGalForever
New York
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Found in Naalehu, the Punaluu Bake Shop is a must visit- the southernmost bakery of the US! their bread & bake goods are really great! Enjoy the coffee, macadamia nuts & get some souvenirs too. It had outdoor tables do you can enjoy them there as well. This is a perfect stop if you plan to keep going to Ka... More 

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Thank Ana C
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The malasatas were interesting. Coffee was good and the taste of bread was also good. Nice for a visit. Didn't get to try their other foods but probably won't make it back.

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Thank Matthew J
Mount Pleasant, Wi
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47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On one of the tours they stop here for the bakery or you can have some great ice cream. We have tried both. Being ice cream fans, this place fits the bill. Their ice cream has 18% milk fat so you know it has to be good.

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Thank Bob W
Sacramento
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129 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On the way back to Kona from visiting Hawaii Volcanos National Park, we stopped here for some lunch. Its seemed popular as the place was full so we tried a couple of sandwiches. The food wasn't bad but it wasn't what we expected and the service as a bit hectic and slow. It took over 25 minutes to get two... More 

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Thank NPC3
Plymouth, Minnesota
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by the bakery on the way to the black sand beach. The smells coming from the bakery are wonderful...sweetbread in the oven. They have all of their baked breads and cookies and Hawaiian donuts for sale. They also have sandwiches, ice cream and drinks. A nice souvenir shop is also present with unique Hawaii stuff. Clean restrooms and... More 

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Thank Richard B
Iowa Falls, Iowa
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ended up here right before closing time. The malsadas were 1/2 off so we got them for 70 cents a piece. Best bargain we found in Hawaii! They offered Mango, Guava and Taro. No filling in these, just flavor and dusted in sugar. Delicious! Staff wasn't overly friendly but maybe because it was almost closing time? They also have... More 

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Thank Iowa_proud
Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stop at the Punalu'u Bake shop every time we are on the Big Island. Picking up a few of the malasadas and/or some sweet bread for the rest of our stay greatly improves the Hawaiian experience. The bakery offers sandwiches, salads, and desserts, but I think the real star (and rightfully so) is the baked goods. Please enjoy the... More 

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Thank dik426
Pennsylvania
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408 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You get out and start to walk towards the building and OMG the smell is wonderful! You walk in and they of course have sweet bread for sale and all kinds of deliciousness. Taro, regular, guava, coconut, apple cinnamon etc. They also have ice cream and they sell food to like sandwiches, soup etc. You continue to walk and they... More 

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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Delicatessen, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?