Hit up the Honolulu Donut shops!

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Malasadas at the finish line of the Honolulu Marathon. HO Photo by The Honolulu Marathon Association

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So being a BibRave Pro it’s essential that running and donuts go hand in hand. Naturally then, I’ve taken to scoping out the BEST donut locations in Honolulu!!

So firstly, since the Honolulu Marathon gives them out at the end of the race, we need to ask – What’s a malasada??

Malasada’s are actually a Portuguese donut, first made by the inhabitants of the Madeira Islands.  Traditionally, they don’t have holes or fillings and were typically eaten on Mardi Gras. So how did they arrive in Hawaii?? Well, Madeira labourers ended up traveling over to the Hawaiian Islands to work in plantations and brought the doughy goodness with them. When Fat Tuesday came around, they’d cook up batches of malasada’s and share them with everyone, thus becoming crazy popular.

So begins the donut or malasada shopping list of Honolulu, all within close distance of Waikiki, because after running 42.2km the last thing you’d want to do is travel a fair distance, right??

  1. Leonard’s Bakery – Founded in 1952, Leonard’s started making malasada’s for Shrove Tuesday. Naturally they were a hit and the rest is history! It appears that there are a few different flavours of malasada; the original, cinnamon sugar (I’d imagine it’s like our cinnamon donuts here in Aus), Chocolate, Custard and Coconut (YUM!). They also have a flavour of the month – which happens to be Pomegranate this month.
    Leonard’s only makes malasada’s and pao doce – a Portuguese sweet bread. 933 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 
  2. Regal Bakery – Has your typical everything-on-top-of-it donut shop and from looking at their Facebook feed, spans from Honeydew icing, through to the always popular Red Velvet Cake. 3040 Ualena St Hickam Village, HI (near the airport)
  3. Champion Malasadas – Chocolate pudding filled malasadas?? Yep, that’s what you’ll mind on the menu here – complete with chocolate glaze. It seems that this place and Leonard’s are the popular malasada spots, however Champion looks to have other sweet delicacies such as ensemadas and chiffon cakes. Bonus: Hot cross buns all year around.
    1926 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI

  4. Kamehameha Bakery  – Glazed Croissants. Seriously. And also orange donuts. Founded in 1978, the Kamehameha Bakery combines local flavours and it’s 40 year donut experience into it’s products – the famous haupia malasada and the poi glaze donut.  1284 Kalani St, Honolulu, HI

There’s definitely a couple that I can see making the list, a few are a little far out – so watch out for my trip report at the end of the year. That said, I’m sure the malasada at the end of the race is going to be the best tasting treat over the whole weekend!

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