If you are getting
a sugar craving,
be sure to try
one of these
malasadas in Maui.
The Hawaiian version became known as malasadas with the letter “s” at the end. We adapted the recipe and claimed the tasty treats as our own. Just about everyone has his or her favorite place to indulge. We decided to search for the best malasadas on Maui. While there are a number of places which offer them, all very delicious in their unique way, it is too difficult to decide who has “the best malasadas. Go out and try some of these local malasadas and let us know which ones are the best!
Hello, hot and fresh Portuguese donuts? Yes, please! Recently opened in December of 2017, Maika’i Lani Malasadas is your go-to spot for local-style hot malasadas in West Maui. Owners Ben and Liz have surely created one of Maui’s newest secret gems with their obvious passion and creative skill in providing the community with some seriously addictive and authentic Hawaiian-style malasadas.
Star Noodle in Lahaina is a popular place since Chef Sheldon Simeon almost won Top Chef with his local style recipes with a huge emphasis on noodles from various Asian cultures.
A terrific noodle house showcasing fabulous dishes are the main reason visitors and locals flock to this restaurant for lunch or dinner, but their malasadas are the talk of the West Maui.
Since November of 1916 T Komoda Bakery has been delighting customers with their amazing baked goods. This little storefront on the main drag in Makawao Town is family owned and operated, drawing customers from all over the world. They offer 30 different baked items, not the least of which is their malasadas.
Zippy’s has been in Hawaii (mostly Oahu) for 49 years. Their pride and longevity come from serving local comfort foods to generations of Hawaii residents and visitors. The only Zippy’s on Maui is situated on a back road in Kahului that can be difficult to find. They have a dine-in side and a fast food side with a fabulous bakery.
In South Kihei in the Azeka Shopping Center makai side (water side of the street), there is a tiny little hole in the wall café called Home Maid Café. Although the name is similar to Home Maid Bakery, they are not related and are separate businesses. Besides the great prices for breakfast and lunch, Tina Cho serves up some of the best malasadas on Maui available in plain or vanilla cream filling. You have to purchase a minimum of three. They are almost crisp on the outside and soft on the inside but not doughy or yeasty. Home Maid Café’s malasadas are also made to order so that they are hot on arrival.
Peter Merriman gets so many things right because his restaurants are always packed with happy diners. So it stands to reason that he would know how to please a sweet tooth. In his Kapalua restaurant, he has six signature desserts, and it is no surprise how yummy they all are, but it’s the malasadas that people from West Maui talk about most.