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Punaluu Bake Shop and Visitor Center

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Sandwiches, 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: Dessert, Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Brunch, Takeout

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  • 177
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  • 132
    Very good
  • 48
    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 find on our road trip

We were driving back from the volcano, feeling like we needed a pick me up and came across this yummy bakery, just off the main highway. Lovely baked goods and lots of food choices, very clean washrooms and two outdoor sitting areas. They had a musician playing (on a Wednesday afternoon). Highly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Liz M
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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106 reviews 106 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We were driving back from the volcano, feeling like we needed a pick me up and came across this yummy bakery, just off the main highway. Lovely baked goods and lots of food choices, very clean washrooms and two outdoor sitting areas. They had a musician playing (on a Wednesday afternoon). Highly recommend stopping here if you are in the... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We loved the atmosphere here. There was a Willie Nelson type singer and guitar player entertaining in the outside courtyard. We really enjoyed him. Although this is only counter service, the food is excellent, delicious and creative. One of my favorite places. Just wish they had longer hours. They are only open 9:00to 5:00. This a area really needs more... More 

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dallas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We stopped on a fluke and had a great time. Ordered a sandwich and got some of their world famous bread... Have a cute little gift shop with some unusual things (and the normal stuff). Quaint, crowded, charming little place that is a MUST if you are in the area

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Calgary
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The smells were fantastic. They mostly have sweet bread but also Ice cream and other foods and souvenirs. Nice yards and rest stop

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Booneville Mississippi
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We enjoyed the malasadas which are somewhat like American donuts without the hole. The tropical flavors for the fillings were fun to try. We ate in the covered area open to the breezes. There is an outside area close by that had a musician playing for tips who sounded like Willie Nelson. He was very good. The bread pudding was... More 

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Dardanelle
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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

the selection as amazing - wanted one of each..... All was fresh and sooooo delicious. Wish we could bottle the smell !!!!!

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Madison Heights, Virginia
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121 reviews 121 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Very surprising. Sampled the sweetbread and had a traditional 'malasada'. Add a cup of coffee and it was a very nice treat. The bakery is very proud of their product and it's a nice stop as you drive the island. Beautiful garden and ponds with a nice covered area to sit and enjoy your treat. There was even live music... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Stopped by to try the malasadas. First of all, the smell of fresh baked goods is intoxicating especially after being stuck in the car driving from Kona. I had the lilikoi malasada and the wife had a vanilla filled. We enjoyed both of them. My wife thought the lilikoi was too strong but I really liked it. The lilikoi frosting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Made a stop here on the way to the Volcano. Well worth it! The malasadas are delicious! You can't just eat one, either. Once you step out of the car on the parking lot, you'll know you've made a good decision.

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Palo Alto, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Much better than anticipated, as it looked either "local" or "tourist trap" online. But, the food was of great quality - the restaurant clean, fun and welcoming. Go. We ate there twice (on site and take-out) Have a malasada or two.

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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, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

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