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Best Desserts in Honolulu

After lunch or dinner is consumed, the question of dessert often is broached. The rubbing of tummies commences while it is pondered whether there is enough room for something sweet. When you’re looking to finish your meal with a sugary concoction, you’ll want to be sure it’s worth the extra calories. Luckily, Honolulu boasts a diverse food landscape, with equally creative and distinctive dessert options. Find the best palate-pleasing dessert options in Honolulu, and you’ll be happy to have saved room for these fantastic sweet selections. 

Leonard's Bakery

The malasada is a round, tennis ball-sized Portuguese doughnut that is deep-fried and then doused in sugar. While it may seem like an easy task, perfecting the dough is anything but, an how Leonard has managed to do it for 56 years is surely a lesson in dedication.

Uncle Tetsu Japanese Cheesecake

With more than over 80 stores across the globe, Uncle Tetsu’s is a cheesecake phenomenon. Unlike its New York counterpart, Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecakes are light, airy and not overly sweet. Each individual cheesecake is handcrafted with natural ingredients and baked in a specially calibrated oven for 45 minutes.

Liliha Bakery

This neighborhood 24-hour bakery and diner is a beacon for night owls or the early morning business man. The legendary Coco Puffs are undefeated in the “what to bring to the potluck” category and sell out quickly.

kulu kulu Cake

Translating to “round and round” in English, kulu kulu Cake has attracted patrons with its Diamond Head puff pastry, a light, airy cream puff that possesses just the right amount of sugar.

Kamehameha Bakery

The long-running business has been making warm and fluffy pasteries since 1978 and is known for its widely popular poi donut. Other local offerings include haupia malasadas and okole bread alongside classic baked items like croissants and banana fritters. 

Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream

You can find Bubbie's mochi ice cream in the freezer section of many local grocery stores, but its brick and mortar location stocks a wide arrange of the chewy morsels with flavors like passion orange, macadamian nut and li hing mango. 


The first location in the US of this popular Japanese chain, Shokudo is a cross between a sushi bar and a traditional pub with sleek, modern décor. The menu is complete with photos and English descriptions of each dish. Late night dining until 2 a.m. is available on Fridays and Saturdays.

Diamond Head Market & Grill

A one-stop culinary shop that has three distinct sections: The Market, The Grill and a catering department. The market sells anything and everything gourmet: Flowers, smoked salmon, marinated meats, and desserts.

Hawaiian Pie Company

Baking runs in the family at this local pie shop. Owner Joel Hori is the third-generation in his family to open a bakery in the islands.

Via Gelato

This ice cream shop began as a food truck before finding roots in Kaimuki. The shop makes 16-20 flavors daily, with high-quality ice cream and sorbet flavors inspired by the islands.