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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW 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
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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
4 helpful votes 4 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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588 reviews 588 reviews
367 restaurant reviews
401 helpful votes 401 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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Irving, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Punalu'u Bakery is the southernmost bakery in the US and worth the visit when on the island of Hawaii as you can validate by the longitude and latitude that they print on the t-shirts that the staff wear, and that you can also buy in the store - I did :-) A great place for ice cream, beverages, baked goods... More

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Orlando, FL
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I had to give this an average rating due to the inedible Ono Sandwich which I ordered and the lack of customer service. My family stopped here for lunch last week while visiting the Kua area. I wanted to try the Ono as this was a dish I hadn't tried yet on the Island but I had heard good things... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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123 reviews 123 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Everyone told us we had to go - and there are not too many restaurant choices in that part of the Big Island - we stopped on our way back from the southern most point in the USA and the Punalu'u Black Sand Beach State Park. It really is a bakery - deli; you place your order, get a number,... More

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Lake Placid, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

I stopped here twice on my drives on the southern part of Big Island. Good malasadas! A nice bathroom and snack break. They have salads and sandwiches also but I didn't try them.

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Seattle, Washington
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I know this is going to sound weird but this bakery was one of my highlights in Hawaii! :) Definitely in the top 10 of must dos according to me. It claims to be the southern most bakery in the US :) The food here is absolutely wonderful. The proof of that is that I got myself a burger (one... More

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Murrieta
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156 reviews 156 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is one of the few places to get food in this location. Here are some quick tips: 1) We visited twice -- once during the week, and again on the weekend. It was a lot of fun to watch the bakers in the kitchen. They were friendly and talked with us a little bit. When we went back on... More

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