Kamehameha Bakery’s claim to fame: the Haupia Doughnut, 60 cents each
Hope you all had a great Christmas. Hey, but it’s just the day after, so while still basking in the moment, let’s continue sharing what’s been landing on the dining table in celebration of the holiday spirit. Which brings us now to two full-sized boxes of a variety of pastries from Kamehameha Bakery, courtesy of Diner E…
while most of what you see here are pretty much what you could get at most other bakeries around the island, What sets Kamehameha Bakery apart besides that fantastic signature Haupia-filled Doughnut is their PRICES.
According to Diner E, both these boxes packed full with a variety of pastries came out to well under $20. Try doing the same from the bakery at your favorite supermarket. Need some for that presentation you got scheduled for the first week of January? At just $6 for a dozen glazed doughnuts (or 50 cents each), that’s one of, if not THE lowest going rate in town. The twisted glazed are not much more at just 6.60 per dozen (or 55 cents each). Or get your custard on, with size to boot with a few Long Johns thrown in the mix at just 75 cents each.
Really though, if you ask my opinion, the Haupia Doughnut, at just 60 cents each, are the ones to impress the recipients or guests. If you look at the filling in the first photo shown, you can see there’s actual minced shreds of coconut in the sweetened gelatinous filling. The dough is light and fluffy, yet chewy enough to have substance. It’s basically a shortened, rounded, yet oblong version of the Long John, including being topped with confectioners sugar, sans the custard in exchange for that delicious, slightly lighter Coconut “haupia” filling.
I haven’t been there personally recently, but do remember there being ample parking behind the building. They’re open very early in the morning during the week at 2am. If you get there during the peak morning rush hour, expect to wait in line. Of course for large orders, phone them in.
So for a “winnah” Haupia Doughnut, plus many other ono, fresh-baked pastries at one of the best prices in town, with the early hours to accommodate your pick-up schedule, check out Kamehameha Bakery. Another one of Kalihi’s decades-old institutional eateries.
1339 N School St (and Houghtailing)
Honolulu, HI 96817