Punaluu Bake Shop

Punalu’u Bake Shop: A Destination Full of Sweet Aloha
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Punalu’u Bake Shop, the Southernmost bakery in the USA is best known for its Famous Hawaiian Sweet Bread and baked goods. It is a must-see destination where visitors will experience a four-acre tropical estate in Na’alehu. It is a delightful, family-friendly location designed to make visitors happy.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Welcome to the Southernmost bakery in the USA. This local gem is located on a four-acre tropical estate in Na’alehu and is much more than just a bakery. It is a delightful and sweet experience designed to make you happy.

Punalu’u Bake Shope is best known for its Famous Hawaiian Sweet Bread. A favorite to Kama’aina and visitors alike, each loaf is baked according to a secret, generations-old recipe. All of the ingredients are sourced locally, adding to the flavor. When you walk through the door, the aroma takes your breath away and you just have to sample some of their goodies. They have locally sourced coffee, too. K’au Coffee is hot or cold and will energize you while adding a smile to your face.

You’ll instantly see why Punalu’u is called the most visited bakery in Hawaii and welcomes more than 200,000 visitors from all over the world every year. This hot spot that is midway between Kailua-Kona and Volcanoes National Park is much more than a bakery. It’s a destination filled with color, flavor, and beauty.  Of course, there are delicious baked goods and food to enjoy. But you are also invited to take a peek into their kitchen and, although the recipes are secret, you can see them baking in action. Afterwards, visit their gift shop that is full of Hawaiian gifts, souvenirs and tropical treasures. Go outside and explore their lush four-acre garden that is full of fabulous flowers, palms, and other gorgeous flora exotica. If you are hungry for more than just a sweet treat, their outdoor restaurant features an extensive menu full of hearty lunch favorites, sandwiches, vegetarian fare, fresh salads, freshly brewed coffee, and refreshing cold beverages. Here’s a hint. Get a scoop of their ice cream to complete your meal.

You will surely want to pick up your new favorite sweets at their beautiful location or order online and they will ship it to you. If you don’t feel like venturing out but crave something special from Punalu’u Bake Shop while you’re in the area they will deliver it. You have to try their melt in your mouth individually wrapped shortbread cookies. They are the best shortbread you’ll taste. Why? They are made with 100 percent pure butter, cane sugar sourced on the Island, and a great big scoop of Aloha!

Take a look at what’s baking at Punaluu’s:

Punalu’u Bake Shop Top Sellers make great gift ideas
Get one for you and one for someone special back home. Or order online and have it shipped directly to their front door.

Black Sand Box
Named after the famous Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, enjoy three 24 oz loaves of our famous Hawaiian sweetbreads, traditional, taro, and guava

Pahala Box
The Pahala Box is a customer favorite that included two packages each of Sweet Bread Dinner rolls in Traditional, Guava and Taro:

Panalu’u Box
This box of love celebrates all the Portuguese families who immigrated to Hawaii and worked in the sugar cane fields. The Panalu’u Box features three loaves of ultra moist and decadent sweet bread, an all-time favorite throughout the entire Island.

Kalokoa Box
This scrumptious box features six freshly baked 16 oz loaves of Kalakoa Sweet Bread. Three flavors; guava, mango, and taro are baked into one unique loaf of bread. Great for sharing.

Bean Filled Anpans 
This treat is sweet rolls that are filled with tsubushian sweet beans, creating a Japanese-style dessert the locals love. Great for omiyage, translated as gift giving.

Coconut Filled Pan
Coconut lovers will fall in love with this box that includes three, two packs of delightful sweet rolls filled with a tropical coconut filling. It’s like a treat for your taste buds.

Insider Tips:
-There is plenty of free parking and an EV fast-charging station for electric vehicles.
-Online ordering is available.