(UPDATED JUNE, 2019)
There are so many good malasadas on Maui, it’s hard to narrow the list down to just five, but after weeks of agonizing research, we think we’ve come up with the definitive list. But first, the ground rules. We’re sticking with bakeries and shops that serve malasadas “to go.” So this removes sit down restaurants where you can order “fancy” malasadas for dessert (sorry Star Noodle). The malasadas also have to come from places that are open most of the week, with regular hours (sorry Aloha Malasadas by Tanya). OK, with these rules in place, here is our alphabetical list of the best malasadas on Maui.
Home Maid Bakery (Wailuku)
Home Maid Bakery is known for many things. But since 1960, this venerable Wailuki bakery has been cranking out piping hot, delicious malasadas to the local community. The malasadas here are not overly greasy and are even somewhat light, comparatively speaking. Plus, they’re the cheapest we know of at just $.89 a piece or $9.69 a dozen. For the freshest malasadas, visit between 5:00 AM and 10:00 AM and again between 4:00 PM and 10:00 PM, when they have the fryer bubbling with new malasadas. Even if you miss those windows, before noon, the malasadas are still somewhat fresh. Besides, if they’re out of malasadas, they have loads of other great baked goods to nosh on. (Home Maid Bakery)
Home Maid Cafe (Kihei)
Though there’s no affiliation to the Home Maid Bakery, Home Maid Cafe also produces excellent malasadas. Baked every morning and sold in quantities of three, we recommend either calling in an order or getting there early. We’ve witnessed many people doing the “we’re sold out” walk of shame out the door. Because, frankly, the rest of the food offered at the cafe is decidedly mediocre. If the malasadas are gone and you’re hankering for something sweet, walk around the corner to Maui Pie, or drive a couple miles down the road to the Sugar Beach Bake Shop (listed below). Open Monday – Saturday, 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM. (Home Maid Cafe)
Maika’i Lani Malasadas (Lahaina)
Relatively new, Maika’i Lani Malasadas opened in December, 2017 and immediately filled the need for fresh malasadas on the west side. Made to order, right there behind the counter, the malasadas are served piping hot and filled with whatever goodness you’re seeking. The only downside to the joint is the hours. They are open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 AM – 11 AM (or until they are sold out). (Maika’i Lani Malasadas)
Sugar Beach Bake Shop (Kihei)
Located in a sleepy part of North Kihei, nestled in between an ABC Store and its business partner, Ululani’s Shave Ice, Sugar Beach Bake Shop is a wonderful little bakery that serves fresh malasadas and baked goods. Lines develop, but the wait is worth it. The malasadas are made to order and best eaten hot, from 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM. Beyond the excellent malasadas, we also recommend the spicy spam musubi and the key lime lilikoi pie. At this time, it’s our favorite malasada on Maui. Sugar Beach Bake Shop is open daily from 6:00 AM – 4:00 PM. (Sugar Beach Bake Shop)
T. Komoda Store and Bakery (Makawao)
Serving Makawao for over 100 years(!), Komoda’s makes fresh malasadas every morning they’re open. At $1 a piece, they’re a real bargain. If they’re sold out, and they may be by the time you drive up there, the donuts and other pastries are also outstanding. Open from 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Saturday (closed on Wednesday and Sunday,) you need to get there by 9:00 for a decent selection. They tend to sell out of their malasadas by mid-morning. (T. Komoda Store and Bakery)
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