Liliha Bakery, Ala Moana

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.

Liliha Bakery

1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
Hawaii 96814
United States

Telephone: 808 944 4088
E-mail: [email protected]

Sun – Thu: 7:00am to 8:00pm
Fri – Sat: 7:00am to 9:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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