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Popular Oahu Bakeries

A guide to some of the best and most popular bakeries on the island of Oahu. Includes information about which Oahu bakeries have the best Portuguese malasadas, Hawaiian sweetbread, chocolate-coconut cream pie, guava chiffon cake, Hawaiian style bread pudding, fried coconut turnovers, chocolate filled cream puffs, and many other Oahu bakery favorites. The Oahu bakeries on this page are listed in alphabetical order.

Leonard's Bakery in Honolulu
Leonard's Bakery on Kapahulu Avenue
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Agnes' Portuguese Bake Shop
This Portuguese bakery in Kailua on the eastern windward side of Oahu specializes in baked goods such as hot fried malasadas, sweet bread, potato bread, and soups such as Portuguese bean soup and caldo verde soup. The bakery also carries a full line of non-Portuese baked goods including one of their specialties, Russian tea cakes with raspberry filling. Founded by Agnes and Tommy Wright more then 30 years ago. (46 Hoolai Street in Kailua, 808-262-5367)

Cafe Laufer
This Kaimuki area European style bakery and coffee shop is known for its delicious desserts, including specialties such as fruit flan, chocolate charlotte russe, peach melba, pears helen, apple tart, linzer tortes, and eclairs. Their coffee shop serves soups, sandwiches on a variety of breads, fruit plates, and gourmet salads. Cafe Laufer is owned by Marlies von Laufer, originally from Germany, and Cyrus Goo. (3565 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, 808-735-7717)

Champion Malasadas
Joc Miw founded this Honolulu bakery in 1983, at its original location on North King Street. In June of 2000 it moved to it's current McCully area location. Their specialty is exceptionally light malasadas, but they are also popular for their hot crossed buns, which are sold year-round, and their orange, lemon, guava, and chocolate chiffon cakes. (1926 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, 808-947-8778)

Dee Lite Bakery
Herbert and Sue Matsuba opened their first Dee-Lite Bakery on Mokauea Street in 1959, and today the bakery chain has many locations in Hawaii. Their specialty chiffon cakes in tropical flavors such as guava, coconut, passion fruit, and lime. Herbert Matsuba retired in 1990, and sold his bakery chain to Saint-Germain America. (1930 Dillingham Boulevard, Honolulu, 808-847-5396)

Kaneohe Bakery (no Web site)
I like to stop at this bakery on Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe when I'm driving around the island. They have very nice Hawaiian-style bread pudding made with Portuguese sweet bread and many other delicious baked goods (45-1026 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, 808-247-0474)

Leonard's Bakery
Frank Leonard Rego and his wife Margaret opened Leonard's Bakery in 1952, and since then it has become one of the most well-known Portuguese bakeries in Hawaii. They sell many Portuguese and non-Portuguese baked goods, but their specialty is malasadas that are served coated with plain sugar or cinnamon sugar. Leonard's now sells malasadas puffs, which are filled with custard, guava paste, chocolate, or haupia, but the original, unfilled malasadas are still the best. When you are driving around the island of Oahu, you will probably see red and white striped Leonard's malasadas wagons parked on the side of the road, where you can buy piping-hot, freshly made malasadas. Frank Rego died in 1980, and the shop is now run by his son, Frank Leonard Rego, Jr. (933 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu, 808-737-5591)

Liliha Bakery (no Web site)
This popular bakery was founded by Roy and Koo Takakuwa in 1950, and at that time it really was located on Liliha Street. It was moved to its current larger location in 1961. They are most famous for their Coco Puffs - a cream puff filled with chocolate pudding and topped with butter icing - and their sweet buns stuffed with bean paste (bean anpan). There is also a coffee shop in the bakery that is open 24 hours a day. (515 North Kuakini Street, Honolulu, 808-531-1651)

Love's Bakery
Daiichiya-Love's Bakery of Hawaii is a large, wholesale bakery and distributor of freshly baked bread, buns, donuts, and pies. Their bakery is located on the island of Oahu, but their baked goods are delivered daily to Maui, Kauai, Molokai, and the Big Island of Hawaii. Love's Bakery also has several retail bakery thrift shops on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island.

Mary Catherine's Bakery (no Web site)
The specialty of this European style bakery is delicious and nicely textured made-to-order cakes, that can be creatively decorated. They are also popular for their chocolate decadence and carrot cakes, and their large variety of baked goods. (2820 South King Street, Honolulu, 808946-4333)

Napolean's Bakery
This bakery is associated with the popular Zippy's chain of family restaurants and one of their specialties is the "napple" or fried apple pie. These pies actually come in three flavors: The apple has a single cut in the crust, the coconut has two cuts, and the cherry has three cuts. Sometimes other flavors are available, including chocolate, and these are usually folded into rectangles instead of triangles. Napolean's Bakery was founded in 1983 by Zippy's owners Francis and Charles Higa. The bakery has more then 20 locations in Hawaii.

Ted's Bakery (no Web site)
This combination bakery and deli on the north shore of Oahu is a popular spot for breakfast and lunch, but their specialty is pies. Their trademark pie is a two layer chocolate coconut pie, and they also have pies in many other flavors. Ted's Bakery is owned by brothers Ted and Glenn Nakamura. (59-024 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, 808-638-8207)

Tell Us About Your Favorite Oahu Bakery
Visit the Best Oahu Bakeries discussion in our Hawaii Forum and tell us about your favorite Oahu bakeries, and what you recommend ordering.

See also
Restaurants and Cafes on Oahu
King's Bakery Founder Died in 2003

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