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Punaluu Bake Shop and Visitor Center

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95 - 5642 Mamalahoa Hwy, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96722
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in after our visit to Punaluu Black Sand Beach, and sure glad we did! Sadly there were no malasadas left (store closes at 5 and we got there at 4:30) but the macadamia caramel bars were huge hit with our family. Coffee was excellent even though it was the end of the day. Nice gazebo outside to enjoy our... More 

Thank CountryDude3
Utica, New York
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128 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

They advertise this as the southernmost bake shop in the US in the southermost town, Naalehu. Delish hamburger and fresh fish sandwiches. Really delicious pastries. Good stop. Pick up some pastries to take along.

Thank MarilynUtica_NY
Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little patisserie style desserts here, fantastic additions to our cool box for eating after hiking across the volcanoes.

Thank charlie1w
Clifton Park, New York
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped here on our trip from Kona to Volcano National Park. We enjoyed delicious doughnuts and coffee in their shady garden area. Lovely. So glad we stopped by.

Thank anncoolman
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped on the way back from the Black Sand Beach for the malasadas. Also bought a loaf of sweetbread and coconut pan. All delicious!

Thank janwill997
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you've heard about Hawaii's malasadas--their holeless donuts--and you like donuts, this is a really nice stop on the way from Kona to Hilo/Volcano. Stick with their traditional or Bismarck (think: Boston cream donut), and try to get there early when the donuts are fresh.

Thank MartyMcCabe
North Carolina
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78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Try the bread samples to the left when you enter, and I highly recommend the mango and taro masalas! Good place to stop when driving across the southern road of the island, as it has large/clean restroom facilities. We were also able to use their fountain to refill our reusable bottles with water.

Thank pirateatheart07
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely crowded. Bread is good and therefore sandwiches good. Ice cream mediocre. Clean. No locals. Large buses stop here. Half of it is a kitschy gift store. Pretty out of place in this tiny town.

Thank Rose-Ranch
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was "helped" by the rudest person we encountered in the Islands. I asked to buy a hot malasala - I could see them being cooked - and she refused. Said if I wanted a hot one it could go in a microwave. Was going to order anyway, and the lady walked over and wrote on a clipboard for several minutes.... More 

Thank dwnhkr
Madrid, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This bake shop is famous for "sweetbread" . It is absolutely unlike any bread I ever had, it is soft, even after 3-4 days, we did keep it in the fridge. It is a little sweet only. We love it. However it is high in calories They make hot and cold sandwiches, and this sweet bread is used for their... More 

Thank mimi g

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Cafe, Hawaiian
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?