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Reviewed 4 days ago

Went by one time during lunch, excellent coffee and got a couple malasadas, our first while in Hawaii. Then on our way back to the NP we grabbed a salad and sandwich for a quick dinner before night lava view. Perfect spot, cool place and...reasonably priced.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Better baked goods and coffee in K-Town or Hilo.. Stopped as is the thing to do and it's all timing.. Fair at best..

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The bottom line is this: The food is OK, the malasadas are good, and the wait is way too long and poorly organized.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 5, 2022

Have to stop here every time we head to south part of the island. Perfect pit stop and break for snack location. Excellent malasadas are reason enough to stop but now they have added sandwiches in case you can't make it to the volcano or...Hilo. So good we went back for another 6 to have back home for breakfast the next day.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 28, 2022

Stopped here on our way back to Kona expecting amazing food and malasadas. The malasadas were good, but I don't think they are the best on the island. We tried the traditional, filled, and frosted. And the food, definitely not worth the 35 minute wait...in line. It was pretty much the same food you can get anywhere.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 26, 2022

We stopped in and sampled the local favorites! Very delicious, recommend trying a little of everything. Staff was very friendly and helpful

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 8, 2022

Great bakery. Seemed very popular with tourists and locals. We had burger which were very good, especially on the fresh bun. The highlight was the Malasadas, they were so good we went up a second time to get more!!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 17, 2022

We were lucky to put in our order before the huge tour groups showed up. On our way back to Kona from Hilo, after several stops, this made the perfect late lunch spot. Got the pork lunch that were more like pork chops! Huge portion...to share for 2 people. Came with mac salad (so-so) and white rice. Also got a few malasada as desserts. The area is very large with lots and lots of souvenirs. Outdoor area is quite nice with many tables. It was relaxing and inviting, especially some people still had COVID-19 concerns. Large and free parking right on site. The wait was a bit, but we just browsed in the gift shop.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 7, 2022

Excellent malasadas and worth the wait in line - just be sure to buy extras to eat later! If you're going just for the baked goods (they serve light meals, as well) opt for the line back by the bakery case. It might be longer,...but it moves faster.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 30, 2022 via mobile

Stopped here on the way to Volcanos National Park. Really fresh malasadas. Ate outside under the trees. Beautiful grounds to walk. Worth the stop! Very clean bathrooms!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 23, 2022 via mobile

Excellent donuts and scenery, busy as always but they were awesome fresh. Don’t take any home they are not good reheated

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 18, 2022

There were fruit-filled malasadas, original cinnamon sugar malasadas, apple turnovers, they were out of sweetbread. So many choices. The gift shop was fun.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 15, 2022 via mobile

We stopped here twice for Malasadas and they were delicious! Sweetbread was good, too. The sandwiches looked good but we didn’t have time to stay that long.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 2, 2022

We got the malasadas when they just came out, and they ended up being the best we tried on our trip (out of about 5 different places), so that alone made it worth the trip. Picked up a few other pre-packaged items that ended up...being delicious (although I think I saw these for sale as well elsewhere around the island). They seemed a bit light on some other items though. There's also a few other pretty stops nearby, so even if you're not planning to loop all the way around the island from Kona, it's worth the trip overall.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 24, 2022

Had to stop here on our 2nd trip to Hawaii as we did not make it there the 1st time. There was a little line but well worth the wait. The malasadas here were better than the ones we had at Tex diner. Sorry but...they were. The passionfruit was the best. It also has coffee, other small plates, sandwiches, breads and much more. Has a little gift shop too. The grounds are pretty to sit out and eat your snack or meal or coffee. Hope to go back someday. Brought some shortbread cookies back home too that were very good!!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Response from wendyc13 | Reviewed this property |
They are best fresh but we did eat some the next morning and were still good but not as good as the day we bought them. Did not put them in the fridge. Maybe that would help? Possibly putting in the microwave for a couple... More
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Response from Heath H | Reviewed this property |
Best value around in Hawaii.....The donuts are the best
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From all the maps no. Go to the TripAdvisor forum for the Big Island and there is a post about road closures.
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