Address: HI-11 Naalehu, HI 96772
Hours: Monday - Sunday 8:30am to 5pm
Directions: Midway in the drive from Kailua Kona to Volcanoes National Park on main road Highway 11
Official Website: Punalu'u Bake Shop - Southernmost Bakery in the USA!"
The history of sweetbread being introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese sugar workers dates back to the 19th century. This tradition of eating and enjoying the bread has now become a family and visitor staple. Different flavors are being offered to those willing to try them. From Guava to other exotic flavors the possibilities have been endless. This time honored recipe was first offered to resorts and their restaurants which in turn has resulted in this incredible Hawaiian location that we now have all come to call - Punalu'u Bake Shop.
Just like it says it on the entry sign hanging above the bake shop, welcome to the southernmost bakery in the USA. This place not only smells super fresh it tastes like no other fresh bread in all of Hawaii. If you are traveling from Volcano back to the Kona side this is a really wonderful place to stop along the way. To your surprise there is also a really great purple shrimp truck right across the street. The steak plates are $20 so be ready to enjoy some amazing food. You can also top it off with an $8 acai bowl or $13 shrimp plate too for those who love seafood. The Punalu'u Bake Shop is known for it's famous sweetbread and has been serving up local residents and it's visitors with some of the best baked goods on the Big Island of Hawaii. The line up of patient customers on a busy Sunday afternoon says it all.
What makes this place even more appealing then other bakeries is that if you are not just coming here to eat you can also shop for a gift. The packaging and wrapping that they offer for their gifts is amazing. Just simply go to their website and you can even shop from home if you desire to do so. During times of thanksgiving and holidays they even offer recipes for turkey stuffing using their famous Punalu'u sweetbread. Their gifts comprise of both edible and collectible making sure that their is something for everyone. Located very close to the world famous Punaluu Black Sand Beach this place just makes it all even that much better.
If you have ever wanted to see a property more well kept it will be hard to find. The landscaping and plants are so meticulously maintained it is really hard to believe that you are actually at a bakery. The owners of this fantastic place obviously care about their business and it really shows. The variety of foods includes, malasadas, sweet bread, donuts, salads, drinks, coffee, other breads, and snacks too. Pastries galore would also be an understatement. One more notable item is their specialty cookies. Hurry by today to see what the hype to this remarkable place is all about.
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