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Punaluu Bake Shop and Visitor Center

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Sandwiches, 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: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Takeout

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  • 200
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  • 144
    Very good
  • 51
    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
So good that we stopped in 5 times

We spent the month of July visiting the big island. Every time we passed this bakery, we stopped. Excellent bread that is the best on the island. Lunch and breakfast meals also available. So popular the locals from Kona make the drive.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
paul s
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Big Bear Lake, California
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Big Bear Lake, California
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We spent the month of July visiting the big island. Every time we passed this bakery, we stopped. Excellent bread that is the best on the island. Lunch and breakfast meals also available. So popular the locals from Kona make the drive.

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Wasilla, Alaska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This place is a gem! Their Portuguese donuts are the best I have ever tasted. The gift shop is packed with local made products. I really enjoyed the live music from their very serene yard. This is a MUST STOP for anyone in the area!

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NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We stopped at this southernmost bakery and shared a plate of malsadas but everything in the case was drool worthy. I was surprised by the gift shop type area adjacent to the cases that had macadamia nuts, keychains, jewelry, etc but my family enjoyed the shopping area while I waited in line to order.

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Tasty baked goods and sandwiches. Long lines... but it's a good place to stop and stretch your feet and use the rest room. The gift shop has a lot of local products that would make good souvenirs or gifts. Worth a stop!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

After visiting Volcano National Park we were headed to KaLae (southern most point in US) we passed thru Naalehu and found the bakery. The shop is very nice and they have a nice selection of sweets plus ice cream. This place is a little touristy but worth a stop...hey, we always have room for sweets.

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Woodland Hills, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

On our way to the green sand beach and the group was starving when this little bakery popped up. We turned in and we were pleasantly surprised at how good everything was. The deserts were very tasty. I recommend the cream filled eclair. As a matter of fact... get TWO! If you end up on that side of the Big... More 

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Volcano, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I make an allowance in my diabetic life for one lilikoi malasada probably 4-5 times a year with the promise I will hike/walk extra or do some heavy duty snorkeling on the Kona side. That's how good they are. Their sweet bread is known throughout the island. They also have a lunch menu and lots of bakery items besides malasadas... More 

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Lindsay, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Smells great, awesome coffee and sweet breads. Sandwiches, salads and souvenirs available as well as washroom facilities and outdoor patio. Great stop on a road trip.

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League City, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Great lunch/snack stop on a round-island drive. Long noted for bakery items made with Hawaiian (Portuguese) sweet bread, it also offers fair priced lunch items. A popular spot for tour buses, consider an alternate if the parking lot is full of buses and vans.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Our local innkeepers recommended a stop here — and it's a hotspot with the locals! Malasadas (I'm a fan of lilikoi) are the regional fave, and done well. Just to take in the view of the case filled with doughnut-like treats is a treat. The shop has other regional goodies and a few souvenirs (I bought a CD), and places... More 

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Additional Information about Punaluu Bake Shop and Visitor Center

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

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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: Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?