Living In Hawaii, the Food Tour: Leonard’s Bakery

Leonard’s Bakery (or their sister food truck) is a must-eat in Honolulu. I always make it a point to get their fresh malasadas. Thankfully my first Airbnb there this time was only a 10min walk away from their brick and mortar location. If you go early enough, there isn’t too much of a wait, especially during the off-tourist season. I love the custard malasada but anything with li hing mui is also good too (personal choice of course).

whole malasada


  • comes out piping hot and fresh
  • huge portion for light eaters
  • multiple flavor options
  • can get it filled or not filled
  • two locations!!


  • messy: it’s rolled in granulated sugar so recommendations are to eat it on the roadside and not in your car
  • the birds will come after you for this. If you’re scared of birds like I am, you will be running as you are eating this.
filled on the inside

These do not keep well, so if you’re in the Honolulu/Waikiki area or are making your way east to Hanauma Bay, just grab what you can eat and come back again. I still haven’t found a good way of keeping these (tried the freezer and then baking, didn’t work). Well worth the wait even if there is a short line. Like I said, I always come back, and this is my fourth time to the islands!

Brick and Mortar Location:

933 Kapahulu Ave Honolulu, HI 96816 | (808) 737-5591 |

Food Truck:

7190 Kalanianaole Hwy Honolulu, HI 96825 |

Definitely try them, I promise you won’t regret it!


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