Food Finds: Honolulu

Liliha Bakery

If you’re looking for something to go, grab a number and take your time perusing the seemingly endless racks of baked treats. Locals all have their own Liliha Bakery favorite – some crave their savory butter rolls while others long for their light-as-air long johns. But if you go crazy for cocoa we recommend their iconic cocoa puffs, which are light and delightful bites of chocolate cream-filled pastry topped with a healthy dollop of Chantilly icing. In fact, we’re so sure you’ll love them you can scoop up a pre-packed box from one of their refrigerators against the wall and head straight to the cashier. Because one cocoa puff is never quite enough.


While it’s traditionally known for its baked goods, Liliha Bakery also has a diner smoking with local favorites. It’s one of our favorite spots to barrel into after an afternoon surf sesh or carb out after a long hike, on heaping plates of eggs and their infamous pancakes (make sure to add the blueberries). And with their new location on Nimitz Highway it’s even more convenient to roll in on the way to the airport for one last taste of Hawai’i cocoa puff heaven to enjoy on the plane. 

Know Before You Go

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In a pinch for puffs? Liliha Bakery prepacks their cocoa puffs and cream puffs - both frozen and fresh - so you can grab, pay and go!

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They're open 24 hours (except on Mondays) so you can pop on in for a cocoa puff or pancake even at 2 a.m.

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If you're planning to dine in both locations have limited seating, so wager on a wait.

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