Hawaiian food has developed from a wonderful mix of native and foreign cuisines. And that doesn't just apply to savory foods, but sweets as well. One must-stop spot to experience this sweet mix is Diamond Head Market & Bakery in Honolulu.
Make a left when you first enter and look for the refrigerated shelf filled with endless rows and layers of pies, cakes, and puddings, all generously cut and all equally tempting. A number of these desserts are fairly unique to Hawai'i—local creations such as magnificent pumpkin crunch squares (offered not just in the fall but all year long) or Okinawan sweet potato haupia bars which combine both creamy sweet potato and coconut pudding atop a shortbread crust. These are the types of comforting local sweets I miss most living in NYC, and I never miss a chance to visit the bakery on any trip back home to Honolulu. If you find yourself in Honolulu, make sure to stop and try one of these 8 sweets.