Leonard’s Malasadas, Honolulu

Leonard's Malasadas

Malasadas are large, fluffy doughnuts without the hole; which means more doughnut and more of that good, soft center part. Originally brought to the islands by Portuguese immigrants, these unique doughnuts are now popular breakfast items in Hawaii.

Leonard's Malasadas Sign

My favorite place to pick up the pao doce (its Portuguese name, meaning sweet bread) is Leonard’s, conveniently located a few minutes drive from my house in Hawaii.

Box of Leonard's Malasadas

When Kiyo and Austin last visited me, we picked up a big box of different flavors: original (just sprinkled with sugar), cinnamon, li hing and custard-filled.

Leonard's Malasada Menu

There are many options for such a simple treat, and the price is amazing. It’s the perfect easy to-go breakfast.

Leonard's Flavored Malasadas

Every month there’s a new custard flavor; this time, it was mango. I’ve also seen them do guava, which is delicious. You can always get chocolate or coconut (called haupia in Hawaii).

Leonard's Stuffed Malasadas

Since it’s now just as popular with tourists as with locals, they’ve capitalized on their fame by offering merchandise – shirts, stickers and stuffed malasada dolls (I totally want one!).


Box of Leonard's Malasadas

I love their simple box that is almost vintage-style. Despite it’s popularity, the bakery is not frilly at all, and you can tell it’s been Hawaiian favorite for may years. Leonard was the son of two Portuguese immigrants and he moved to Honolulu from Maui with his wife and daughter in 1946. Leonard’s Bakery opened in 1952 and due to its success it moved to a larger facility (its present-day location) only five years later.DSC_0207

My favorite is always the li hing malasada… it’s warm, soft, doughy and sweet… what more can you ask for?

Eating Malasadas in the Car

Here Kiyo is spilling sugar all over himself; you can tell he’s irritated at the mess yet totally enjoying the pastry.

Hawaii's Iced Coffee in a Can

I always also order a canned iced cappuccino, another popular to-go breakfast item by Royal Mills. Coffee and malasadas are a winning combination; if you haven’t yet, you have to try it!

Leonard’s Bakery

Location: 933 Kapahulu Ave. Honolulu, HI 96816 Phone: (808) 737-5591

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