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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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FORT WALTON BEACH
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101 reviews 101 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Didn't have the actual address, and everything I'd seen indicated this place was in Punaluu, thus the name! Turns out they were originally located there, but are now further south on Hwy 11 (next town over from Punaluu). We had 1) a cinnamon roll, which really needed butter; 2) an apple turnover, which was very good; 3) a vanilla-filled malasada,... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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108 reviews 108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Punaluu Bakery is a convenient, essential stop when touring the southern end of the island. Their sweet bread can be purchased at stores throughout the island and here at the main location. Because of their location, product does not have to be perfect. I have not tried anything but the malsadas as I am a junkie for those delightful puffs... More

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Yes, definitely make a stop here! We needed to go to the restroom after heading out of south point toward Black Sands beach and Volcanos, so this looked good....GREAT choice!!!! Clean facilities, and food!!!!! This is where the Punaluu sweet bread is made, and they have several different flavors. They also have sandwiches, pastries, cookies, souvenirs, drinks, etc. The prices... More

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Texas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We showed up around 2:00 on a Sunday afternoon. We didn't see any tour buses or vans in the parking lot, but there was still a line out the door. Thankfully another clerk came to take orders, so we only had to wait 5 minutes or so. All of the tables are outdoors, on a patio and inside two small... More

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Simi Valley, California
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99 reviews 99 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Stopped by and had some Malasadas and a turkey sandwich on pao duce(sweet bread) good service, fair prices, good selection of sweet breads, they have samples near the coffee machine of taro, guava, plain. Nice patio outside to have your bake goods and lunch. Yummy. Across the the street on weekends you can find Lau lau ;).

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Calgary, Canada
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7 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We were staying on the south side of the Big Island, so we headed out here on a rainy afternoon. It is a great place with lots of things to look at. The selection of baked goods looks very nummy and there are also items from Hawaii to stock up on. Cannot comment on the lunches because although they looked... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

The bakery items are awesome and there's quite an assortment of fresh bake items to pick from. The food items, like Hawaiian plate lunches were awful. Easily the worst plate lunch I had on the Hawaiian islands. Prices are economical for all food items. It's a nice break stop on the way the the Hawaii Volcano National Park.

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Wausau, WI
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is a bakery and gift shop. They were quite busy when we were there and staff was not particularly friendly. Free samples of the different Hawaiian breads they make. Nice outdoor area to sit and enjoy the baked goods. This was a nice place to get out and stretch and have a goodie! Overall, worth a stop.

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Heard about this famous purple bread. What we didn't hear about and took us by surprise, Mango donuts. We almost turned around and drove back for more. So good. The coffee was great and the small seating area was neat and tidy. This place is BUSY. constant stream of people going in for that world famous purple bread.

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Chicago
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389 restaurant reviews
418 helpful votes 418 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Across the street and further south is a restaurant and bakery. It seems like that place is REALLY the further most south in both categories. Just saying! This place does have good breads and good ice creams. Paper bags are an additional $ .10. Out side seating is on a nice patio.

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