There are so many more than "just" ten sweets one must try when in Honolulu, my hometown. I think this list could easily be thirty or even forty long. But we'll start with ten—you must begin somewhere!
We have the classics: malassadas hot out of the fryer, best at the Punahou Carnival, and also found at Leonard's Bakery and Champion Malasadas. There's shave ice to be devoured at Waiola's (pictured above, an azuki bean shave ice bowl) and at Ice Garden in Aiea where the custard-cup topped shave ice is unlike any other. Don't miss the famed coco puffs from Liliha Bakery, mochi ice cream at Bubbies, and fresh mochi from Nisshodo in Kalihi.
And then there are the baked goods, a whole loaf of plush sweet bread from Ani's Bake Shop and the ridiculous butterflake roll at Saint Germain. To drink? We got you covered—the coffee jelly and chocolate milk from La Palme D'or when you're in an indulgent mood, and pineapple jelly and plantation iced tea when you crave something more tropical. But whatever you do, no visit to this island is complete without a visit to Thang's in Chinatown for what well may be the world's best avocado smoothie.
Don't Miss These Sweets
Shave Ice at Waiola and Ice Garden
Saint Germain's Butterflake Roll
Avocado Smoothies at Thang's
Bubbies Mochi Ice Cream
Sweet Bread from Ani's Bake Shop
Dessert Drinks at La Palme D'Or
Local Fruits: Mango, Avocado, and Papaya
Coco Puffs at Liliha Bakery
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.