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Best Baked Treats on Maui - HOP to it

Sweet treats are plentiful on Maui
August 10, 2017


Here on Maui, we’re blessed with some of the best bakeries in the state (if not the country.) You can find treats of all kinds, from cookies and donuts to local fare like mochi and malasadas. Here are our five favorite baked goods on Maui.

1. Chocolate and Peanut Butter Mochi [Maui Specialty Chocolates]
Liquidy chocolate and peanut butter tucked inside buttery smooth mochi makes this our favorite local snack. Yes, they can be messy, but like a s'more, they are definitely worth the hassle. Located in Kahului, just minutes from the airport, we recommend you pick some up on your way to and from the airport.

2. Crispy Manju [Home Maid Bakery]
Home Maid makes manju (think buttery, flaky handheld mini-pies) in a variety of flavors. We're partial to the peach, apple and peanut varieties, but they're all delicious. The pastries are served in packages of five, so they're perfect for the Road to Hana, or wherever your adventures are taking you. They're available in stores across Maui or at their bakery in Wailuku.

3. Coco Puff [T. Komoda Store and Bakery]
If you're headed upcountry, Komoda's is a must visit. Make sure you get there early though, as they sell out of pretty much everything by 11 A.M. If we recommend one thing from the shop, it's the Coco Puffs. These chocolate filled cream puffs will have you getting back in line to purchase more.

4. Malasadas [The Bakery]
Ah, Malasadas. A malasada is essentially a Portugese donut without the hole. While they weren't invented in Hawaii, they were certainly perfected here. You can find malasadas all over Maui, but our favorites are from this tiny, hole-in-the-wall bakery in Lahaina. Calling it a hole-in-the-wall is probably generous, but don't judge it by its appearance, the baked goods are great.

5. Gluten-Free Cream Puffs [Maui Sugar Shop]
Gluten-free desserts are getting easier to find on Maui and they're often quite good. These cream puffs, though, are flat out excellent. If they were just ordinary cream puffs that happened to be gluten-free, they wouldn't have made this list. These cream puffs are here because of the smile they bring to your face.

Hit us up on Twitter @HIOceanProject and Instagram @hawaiioceanproject and tell us your favorite baked goods here on Maui.

Blogs for August 2017

Best Burger Joints on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on August 31, 2017

For this list, we've made sure all of the burgers are under $10. At some point, we'll do a second list for "high-end" burgers. But for now, we want to focus on affordable, good burgers. The other thing to note about this list is we focused solely on… Continue Reading

Top 5 Maui Vacation Sightseeing Tours

Posted on August 26, 2017

Top 5 Maui Vacation Sightseeing Tours

Maui is one of the most scenic vacation destinations in the world, which is why we get so many returning visitors. If you're tempted to spend most of your vacation lounging by the pool at your hotel or spending your days on the… Continue Reading

Best Places for Food Near the Maui Airport - HOP to it

Posted on August 25, 2017

Whether you're just arriving on Maui or if you're headed off the island to destinations near or far, some of the best food on Maui is available near the airport. For this article, we tried to choose places with foods that can be enjoyed on the plane, but… Continue Reading

A Brief History of Haleakala

Posted on August 24, 2017

According to legend, Maui (for whom our beautiful island is named) set out to capture the sun, and slow it down, for his mother, Hina. She was a talented woman, who created cloth out of pounded bark (Kapa), but lamented that the sun moved across the sky too… Continue Reading

Best Sandwiches on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on August 23, 2017


At its core, a sandwich is two pieces of bread stuffed with, uh, stuff. So what differentiates a great sandwich from a good one? Freshly baked bread is a start, but it's the "stuff" that magically transforms an ordinary sandwich into something memorable. Here are our five… Continue Reading

Best Shave Ice on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on August 22, 2017


After a fun day on a snorkel adventure to Molokini or Lanai, nothing says "refreshing" quite like Hawaiian shave ice. What makes Hawaiian shave ice so good? For some, it's the fresh syrups, for others it may be the add-ins, but for most people it's the actual ice. Here… Continue Reading

Best Happy Hours from Lahaina to Napili Bay - HOP to it

Posted on August 21, 2017

It's been said that every hour is happy hour on Maui. But not every hour on Maui features special prices on food and drinks. That's what makes happy hour even happier! This is a list of our favorite happy hours on the west side. For a list of… Continue Reading

Best Happy Hours from Kihei to Wailea - HOP to it

Posted on August 21, 2017

It's been said that every hour is happy hour on Maui. But not every hour on Maui features special prices on food and drinks. That's what makes happy hour even happier! Here is a list of our favorite happy hours on the south side. For a list of our favorite… Continue Reading

10 Fun Facts About Dolphins

Posted on August 19, 2017

10 Fun Facts About Dolphins

Spinner dolphin sightings are common on our Lanai snorkel tours. We'll take you to areas off Lanai's gorgeous coastline that dolphin pods tend to favor. These charismatic marine mammals are known throughout the world as some of the smartest and most playful creatures on… Continue Reading

Where to Drink Wine on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on August 18, 2017

For many people, a romantic night on the lanai, with a nice bottle of wine makes for a perfect night. For others, part of the fun of vacation is going to a lively bar and laughing with friends. Here are five places on Maui that serve fantastic wines… Continue Reading

Can You See The Eclipse On Maui?

Posted on August 17, 2017


By now, you've probably heard there's a solar eclipse occurring on August 21. But you may be wondering if you can see it from Maui. We'll attempt to answer some of your basic questions...

I'll be on Maui on August 21. Will I be able to see the… Continue Reading

Best Hot Dogs on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on August 16, 2017


When you travel to an island locale like Maui, the last thing you think about eating is a hot dog. But not all hot dogs are created equal. One thing that separates Maui hot dogs from hot dogs available elsewhere are the local toppings we can offer… Continue Reading

Best Pie on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on August 15, 2017


Pie or cake? That's the age old question. Here on Maui, we're blessed with some amazing bakeries. Some do pie, some do cake and some do both. But today, we're focusing solely on pie. Sure these bakeries all have the standards, but when on Maui, aren't you… Continue Reading

Where to Snorkel on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on August 14, 2017

On Maui, we're blessed with world class beaches for numerous activities. Definitely one of the most popular things to do here is to don a mask, snorkel, and flippers and explore our clear waters. Here's a list of some of our favorite snorkel locations, listed alphabetically.
One note:… Continue Reading

Snorkeling Q & A

Posted on August 14, 2017

Snorkeling ranks high on the list of things to do when visiting Maui. But you can't just snorkel anywhere there's a beach. Well, you can, but you might not see more than the back of your hand. To help you get started, we've put together a list of… Continue Reading

Underwater Drones Expand Ocean Exploration

Posted on August 12, 2017

Underwater Drones Expand Ocean Exploration

The Hawaiian islands represent one of the most biologically diverse locations on the planet. The marine life throughout our archipelago is spectacular, as you'll find on our Lanai and Molokini snorkel tours. But a lot of the most fascinating and mysterious creatures live at… Continue Reading

The Colorful Sands of Maui Beaches

Posted on August 11, 2017


Maui is blessed with the best beaches in the world. A unique thing about our beaches is the variety of sands you can discover. Here's a quick primer on three different types of sands and where you can find them on Maui. Plus, we'll point you to… Continue Reading

Best Baked Treats on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on August 10, 2017


Here on Maui, we’re blessed with some of the best bakeries in the state (if not the country.) You can find treats of all kinds, from cookies and donuts to local fare like mochi and malasadas. Here are our five favorite baked goods on Maui.

1. Chocolate and… Continue Reading

Five Favorite Books About Hawai'i - HOP to it

Posted on August 09, 2017


Because you need a good book to read at the beach, we’ve put together a list of our favorite books about Hawai'i and its people. Until we finished writing it, we didn't realize the common theme with all of them (minus the guidebook) is the resiliency of… Continue Reading

10 Reasons We Love Living in Hawai'i

Posted on August 08, 2017


The #luckywelivehawaii hashtag exists for a reason. Whether you live in Hawai'i or are just visiting, here are 10 reasons happiness happens in Hawaii.

The weather-- It never really gets too hot or too cold. When it does get too hot, the trade winds come in to save… Continue Reading

Best Beaches on Maui for Every Occasion - HOP to it

Posted on August 07, 2017

On Maui, we're blessed with beaches for all occasions. Whether you like to body surf, build sand castles or play with your keiki in shallow surf, Maui has you covered. Here is a rundown of the best beaches for every type of beachgoer.

Best Family Beach: Kamaole I
Kam… Continue Reading

New Glowing Shark Species Discovered in Hawaii

Posted on August 05, 2017

New Glowing Shark Species Discovered in Hawaii

A new shark species from the deep waters off the northwestern Hawaiian islands has been discovered recently. Don't worry, this diminutive creature is less than a foot long, and you won't see it on our Hawaii snorkeling tours because it has been… Continue Reading

Best Hawaiian Beers - HOP to it

Posted on August 04, 2017


Hawaii has become a hotbed for excellent craft breweries. Here is our list of the top five locally brewed beers.

Coconut Hiwa Porter (Maui Brewing Company)-- We're suckers for a smooth porter. This bad boy is like silk, if silk tastes a bit chocolatey, with hints of coffee… Continue Reading

A Brief History of Macadamia Nuts

Posted on August 03, 2017

In honor Macadamia Nut Day, we present you with a brief history of the macadamia nut in Hawai’i.

Originating in Australia, the first macadamia tree was planted, on the Big Island, in 1881, by William Purvis, subsequently followed by the Jordan brothers in 1892. Known for their sweet, rich… Continue Reading

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