Liliha Bakery's Sweet Success!
Liliha’s famous pastries and Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee make an ono-licious pair!
When Liliha Bakery (LilihaBakery.com) splashed onto the Honolulu dining scene in 1950, the full-service confectionery and 24-hour coffee shop quickly became a Hawaii landmark for around-the-clock breakfast, lunch, and dinner comfort foods.
No doubt patrons would chat about the Hawaii Calls radio program, construction progress of Ala Moana Shopping Center, the new Ocean Tower at Hilton Hawaiian Village, and the Territory of Hawaii’s impending statehood.
Nearly seven decades later, friends still gather at the 26-seat counter at 515 N. Kuakini St. to talk story while enjoying old-fashioned favorites that have been served with Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee for the past 25 years.
Liliha Bakery’s Coco Puff Magic
Liliha Bakery’s Coco Puffs Earn Legendary Status
What’s so great about Liliha is that you can also savor the same ono-licious flavors beyond the bakery. Whether it’s after a meal or simply for a quick pastry fix, ogle the tempting display case and take out oven-fresh cupcakes, doughnuts, turnovers, cakes, and signature Liliha Bakery Coco Puffs to enjoy with your favorite Kona Coffee at home.
Slathered with Liliha’s famous Chantilly frosting, the original chocolate cream puffs still wow with a unique salty/sweet balance now trending with everything from candies to gelato. The newbie green tea flavor also has a strong following, since green tea is known for its healthy and natural perks.
Poi Mochi Doughnuts Heat Up the Competition
Liliha Bakery Nimitz Doubles the Pleasure
Shortly after opening a second location in 2014 at 580 N. Nimitz Hwy., Hawaii’s largest retail bakery introduced its exclusive Poi Mochi Doughnuts. The fluffy, chewy texture is rumored to be downright addictive!
While Coco Puffs remain Liliha Bakery’s top seller, Poi Mochi Doughnuts quickly edged out butter rolls for the second spot. Together, the two Liliha Bakery locations in Honolulu roll out several thousand Poi Mochi Doughnuts daily, plus double to triple that amount of Coco Puffs.
Chefs fire up the ovens at 2am and keep the baking process going until 10pm at night. No matter the time of day, you can satisfy your sweet tooth at the Kuakini location that’s open 24 hours a day.
The art of eating Liliha Bakery’s Poi Mochi Doughnuts
Tear it apart piece by piece, going all the way around the doughnut. When you hit the last bite, you’re already thinking about grabbing another one!
Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee’s VP/COO, Glenn Boulware, notes that he has been a long-time Liliha Bakery fan. As for his top pairing? "My favorite Coco Puff from Liliha Bakery is the original one, the Chantilly frosting with the chocolate pudding. It’s the one I always go for, and I always have it with a cup of Kona Classic."