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Best Donuts on Maui - HOP To It

We're talking traditional donuts, not malasadas, OK?
October 30, 2017


We have a different article about our favorite malasadas. For this one, we're talking straight donuts. We love donuts. The round kind with the hole, the long kind, the long twisty kind, the filled kind. All kinds! Whether for breakfast or dessert, donuts rule. We pretty much had to flip a coin between number 1 and number 2 on our list. They are both so ono! Here are our five favorite places to get donuts on Maui.

  1. Donut Dynamite (Wailuku)
    With fun, exotic flavors, Donut Dynamite is our favorite donut shop on Maui. You want fun flavors? How do Bacon Maple, Oh!Reo Cookie, and Salted Caramel grab you? They also have "local" flavors like Maui Vanilla Bean and Molokai Sweet Potato. And yes, they do make malasadas if you want something truly local to Maui. At $4.00 a piece, the donuts here aren't cheap. But they're quite large and, of course, they taste great. Closed on Sundays, Donut Dynamite is open Monday - Saturday, 7:00 AM - 1 PM. They do run out, so get there early! (Donut Dynamite)

  2. T. Komoda Store and Bakery (Makawao)
    If you prefer a more traditional donut that those served at Donut Dynamite, we recommend you take a trip up to Makawao and visit Komoda's. The Long John, a cream-filled, chocolate bar-type donut is our favorite. But the donut-on-a-stick, a twisty-glazed-type donut is a close second. Komoda's is also famous for its cream puffs and, especially, their coco puffs, a chocolate cream filled puff. Open from 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Saturday, you need to get there by 9:00 for a decent selection. They tend to sell out of their pastries by mid-morning. (T. Komoda Store and Bakery)

  3. Krispy Kreme (Kahului)
    When you fly into Maui, pretty much the first thing you see when exiting the airport is Krispy Kreme. Being the only location in Hawai'i, it's a popular stop for residents of other islands. Say what you will about Krispy Kreme, but you can't deny the simple glazed donut is one the finest donuts ever created. One bite and it just melts in your mouth. The other donuts they serve are fine, but oh that glazed. We have no problem putting down two or three while waiting dutifully in the cell phone lot to pick up family and friends from the airport. (Krispy Kreme)

  4. The Bakery (Lahaina)
    Don't feel silly if you're parked right in front of The Bakery and feel like you can't find it. It's a small, dingy looking shop in an industrialized part of Lahaina. The door is usually cracked open and even when you're standing on the doorstep, you're still not sure if it's the right place. Once you step inside, you'll smell the fresh breads and pastries. Well known for having the best malasadas in Lahaina, they also make large, satisfying donuts. If they have the lemon glazed donut when you visit, don't hesitate to buy one! Closed on Sundays, they're open the rest of the week from 5 AM - 11:30 AM. (The Bakery)

  5. Home Maid Bakery (Wailuku)
    Opening on Maui in 1960, Home Maid Bakery is a local institution. When locals think of Home Maid, their thoughts go to the many varieties of the crispy manju and silky mochi. They also think about fresh, warm malasadas. But Home Maid also makes delicious donuts. The chocolate donuts are really good, but sugar donuts are even better. The Long Johns are also spot on. Home Maid Bakery is open seven days a week from 5:00 AM - 9:00 PM. (Home Maid Bakery)

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Blogs for October 2017

Best Donuts on Maui - HOP To It

Posted on October 30, 2017


We have a different article about our favorite malasadas. For this one, we're talking straight donuts. We love donuts. The round kind with the hole, the long kind, the long twisty kind, the filled kind. All kinds! Whether for breakfast or dessert, donuts rule. We pretty much… Continue Reading

What to Expect on a Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise Out of Lahaina

Posted on October 28, 2017


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A Brief History of Halloween in Lahaina

Posted on October 27, 2017


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Maui's Best Greasy Spoon Diners - HOP To It

Posted on October 25, 2017

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Hana Day Trip Planning Guide: Packing

Posted on October 23, 2017

Planning a trip to Hana takes, well, some planning. What follows is a simple list with recommended items you'll want to bring along for drive on the Road to Hana.

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Hana Day Trip Planning Guide: What to See

Posted on October 23, 2017

When driving to Hana and following directions, it's all about the mile markers. For most of us, mile markers are nearly always looked over. For this trip, though, keep an eye out for them!

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Hana Day Trip Planning Guide: Where to Eat

Posted on October 23, 2017


On a day trip to Hana, you will probably be on the road for at least 10 hours. During this time, you'll probably want to stop for at least one "big" meal, as well as for snacks. Here are our recommendations on where to eat on the… Continue Reading

Humpback Whales Spotted Near Kapalua

Posted on October 21, 2017


Stepping out of your island "home away from home" and onto the white sands of the nearby beach, you enjoy the calming sound of waves gently crashing at your feet. The warm, ocean water at your toes and Hawaiian sunshine kissing your shoulders attract more than just… Continue Reading

What affects visibility while snorkeling on Maui?

Posted on October 19, 2017


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Corals of Maui

Posted on October 18, 2017

Snorkeling in Maui is fun. When you enter our waters, you're liable to see fish of all colors, turtles, sea urchins, and maybe even (harmless) sharks and rays. But when snorkeling, don't overlook the coral. Coral are beautiful, living ANIMALS. Coral has a unique, symbiotic relationship with other… Continue Reading

Best Malasadas on Maui - HOP To It

Posted on October 17, 2017

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… Continue Reading

Best Farmers Markets on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 16, 2017


The state of Hawai'i imports roughly 85% - 90% (by most estimates) of its food. This leaves Maui in a somewhat precarious situation. First, if for some reason we were cut off from the mainland, it wouldn't take long for there to be massive food shortages. Second,… Continue Reading

Safe Snorkeling in Maui

Posted on October 14, 2017


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Classic Hawaiian Cookbooks - HOP to it

Posted on October 12, 2017

Sam Choy, Beverly Gannon, Peter Merriman, Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi, five of the original 12 members of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement, all have signature cookbooks. Like their restaurants, the books still hold up today. For many people, it isn't a trip to Hawai'i without visiting one… Continue Reading

Best Food Trucks on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 11, 2017


Food trucks keep sprouting up on Maui and we couldn't be happier. The quality of food at the trucks listed below rival anything you'll eat at high end restaurants. While you'll find classic Hawai'ian dishes like poke, you can also find ethnic foods that are generally underserved… Continue Reading

Fun Facts About the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa

Posted on October 08, 2017

We are sure that you have heard of Hawaii’s state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa, and have been challenged to sound out this seemingly complicated set of letters. Lucky for you, we won’t make you do that and will often refer to this fish as “humuhumu” like the locals do.… Continue Reading

The Harmful Effects of Sunscreen on our Oceans

Posted on October 07, 2017


Sunscreens have been making headlines lately due to their contribution to coral bleaching and ocean acidification. Coral bleaching is the phenomenon whereby coral loses its color and rejects symbiotic organisms, essentially killing the coral. While rising sea temperatures are the main culprit behind coral bleaching, researchers believe… Continue Reading

Best Asian Noodle Joints on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 06, 2017

Noodle dishes and bowls come in all shapes and sizes. While Oahu may have some of the best ramen restaurants in the world, Maui definitely doesn't. But ramen isn't the only noodle dish in town. Maui does have excellent saimin, a local noodle soup, a bit like ramen,… Continue Reading

Best Tide Pools on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 05, 2017


Maui is blessed with miles and miles of sandy beaches. Not all beaches, though, have tide pools. In fact, most don't have them. But when you come across a great tide pool, you can use it as an ecological teaching moment for children or just enjoy the… Continue Reading

Best Golf Courses on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 04, 2017

Maui is home to many fine golf courses, far more than the five listed here. With the exception of one, all of the courses here are public. The one club that is private offers one-day guest memberships for visitors. From courses that double as PGA stops to municipal courses with… Continue Reading

Best Tropical Gardens on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 03, 2017

While it seems odd to spend money to see plants and flowers on Maui when they are so prevalent for free, sometimes it's helpful to see all the different types of flora in one location. For you Instagrammers, tropical gardens present excellent flower photo and selfie opportunities. Here… Continue Reading

Best Coffee Shop on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 02, 2017


A good coffee shop is somewhere you want to nest, a place where you can do anything from check your email to chat with friends. For this list, we aren't talking about the best coffee. Instead, we are talking about are the best places to enjoy coffee.… Continue Reading

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