HONOLULU | Liliha Bakery is one of Honolulu’s most popular bakeries, known for its fresh cakes and treats, baked daily using local ingredients. The original location on Liliha Street was opened by Roy and Koo Takakuwa in 1950, and moved to Kuakini Street, where it still stands today. Since 2014, the bakery has expanded to several locations, including the one inside Macy’s Ala Moana, which I visited.
Today, Liliha sells over 150 varieties of baked goods at the counter, as well as operating a full service breakfast and lunch cafe. There’s often a small wait for a table in the cafe, but you can order anything from the display counter to go.
Baked goods include things like malasadas (Portuguese donuts), scones, rolls, cupcakes, and more. The signature puffs, which hit the menu in the 1970s but didn’t become what they are today until being tweaked in the 1990s, are what Liliha is best known for. They’re light puff pastry rounds filled with a creamy chocolate (or matcha) pudding and topped with a buttery Chantilly frosting.
1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
Sun – Thu: 7:00am to 8:00pm
Fri – Sat: 7:00am to 9:00pm