Purvé Donut Stop, Ala Moana

HONOLULU | Purvé Donut Stop is a small donut shop in Ala Moana (there’s a second in Kahala), hidden in a spot next to a laneway carpark, is considered one of the best spots in town for a good donut. One bite , and its clear to see why.

Purvé opened in 2018, when bartenders, work colleagues, and friends Brion Zablan and Nick Cornford, decided that they wanted to open their own spot, serving donuts a cut above what else was available in town. They decided to combine the concept of a higher-end boutique donut shop with a fresh, made-to-order concept, with a good dose of work with community organisations and non-profits. Soon after, Purvé was born.

Everything is made fresh in front of you, which makes a huge difference to the end product, and the donuts are midsized, so you can eat a few in one go and feel OK. Flavours are fun and inventive, generally riffing off nostalgia, childhood favourites, and uniquely Hawaiian ingredients. The base donut is a light and moist cake donut, with a freshly crisped exterior.

Deciding which ones to try wasn’t an easy task, but I eventually settled on four. ‘You’re Killing Me Smalls’ (S’more), ‘The Jimbo’ (Cinnamon sugar caramel apple pie), ‘Sunburnt Haole’ (Lemon glaze with li hing mui (aka salted plum) dust, and ‘Na-Na-Nut Buster’ (Haupia (Hawaiian coconut milk dessert) glaze with macadamia nuts and chocolate banana drizzle). All really good flavours that I’d happily order again.

As well as donuts, Purvé also sell a variety of drinks like quality coffee and ube smoothies.

Purvé Donut Stop

1234 Kona Street
Hawaii 96814
United States

Telephone: 808 200 3978
E-mail: n/a

Mon – Thu: 6:00am to 2:00pm
Fri – Sun: 6:00am to 5:00pm

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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