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Punaluu Bake Shop and Visitor Center

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95 - 5642 Mamalahoa Hwy, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96722
929-7343
Today
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 164
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  • 43
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  • 7
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A Wonderful Experience

This bakery had more to offer than other bakeries we stopped at in all 4 of the Hawaiian Islands. It started with samples of their different breads. They had a tantalizing display of various filled bakery, bismarcks, etc. It was hard to choose what to take but I don't think you could make a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
sabers86
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Takeout
  • Dessert
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341 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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140 reviews 140 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

This bakery had more to offer than other bakeries we stopped at in all 4 of the Hawaiian Islands. It started with samples of their different breads. They had a tantalizing display of various filled bakery, bismarcks, etc. It was hard to choose what to take but I don't think you could make a mistake finding several of their products.... More 

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Waikoloa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I am definitely not impressed with these malasadas. There is no filling at all. Try Tex,s up in Honaks'a and you will experience the best malasadas hot from the fryer. These are filled with the various flavors. Very disappointed in this location.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Heard a lot about their Malasada so I stopped to try it out. It seemed to be a popular place for the tour buses. I had the guava flavoured Malasada. I found it dry and not that tasty. Although it had a guava colour I couldn't taste the guava. Seems more like a tourist trap.

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Farmington, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

On the south side of the big island there is a wonderful bakery that serves masalaladas, if you have to ask all I can say try 'em. Great and inviting place and a nice stop going to the volcano from the south side of the island.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

After a long drive from the Waikoloa Village, this was a great place to stop to stretch and use the facilities. The gas stations we stopped at along the island didn't have public restrooms - not sure if this is common? The Punaluu Bake Shop & Visitor Center was clean and staff was friendly. The gift shop had a nice... More 

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British Columbia Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here on the way to the Volanco. First experience with a Malasada. This bake shop is amazing and a must go to!!!! Travelling with my entire family (family of 6). We loved them so up much that we stopped on the way home and grabbed more Malasadas. We timed our trip to arrive as the doors were being unlocked... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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213 reviews 213 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We stopped by for a late lunch after the Green Sand Beach and before heading to the Black Sand Beach. It is a really nice stop! They have delicious backed goods along with sandwiches, etc. They have malasadas in every flavor - apple, chocolate, etc. And other baked goods like chocolate mousse pie. They also have a variety sandwiches, there... More 

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Snohomish, Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We stopped here for sandwiches on our way back to Kona from Volcano. Decent sandwiches on great Hawaiian sweet bread. There are also other options like salads and burgers as well as many sweet treats. Place was packed. We bought cookies and rolls back to our condo. All the sweet treats looked yummy. Wish I would have brought back some... More 

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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153 reviews 153 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

When you're making the drive from Kailau-Kona to Volcano's National Park, Punaluu Bake Shop is a really nice spot to stop for a break. About half-way, they have delishous pie, pastries, and ice cream and a relaxing, park-like setting out back to enjoy them. And the bathrooms are clean! Oh, and grab a bag of their fantastic shortbread cookies for... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I was staying in Naalehu, Hawaii. Naalehu is a small village at the southern tip of the Big Island. To my surprised there is a full blown bakery sitting on the main road, Highway 11. The owner of the hotel told me it was just down the street on the North side of 11. I went down there thinking it... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

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