Where to Find the Best Desserts on Oahu

Where to Find the Best Desserts on Oahu

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The chefs of Oahu have perfected all types of decadent desserts. There’s the traditional Japanese dessert of mochi, a sticky rice dough ball often filled with ice cream flavors like green tea, Kona coffee or plum wine. Be sure to look for lilikoi (passionfruit), which has a fleshy purple skin and has a soft and sweet interior, or guava, another common tropical fruit. There’s also haupia, a coconut milk concoction with a gelatin consistency. And if you’re lucky to find kulolo, you’ll need one for the table! Kulolo is a traditional Hawaiian pudding made from taro, coconut milk and brown sugar, traditionally cooked/steamed for hours in the imu or underground oven. The following are our favorite small dessert shops on Oahu.

But wait, there’s more. We’re here to help demystify some of the unusual words you might see on menus like furikake, laulau and lilikoi. And possibly most importantly of all, provide the fun facts on the origins of local dishes

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Feature Image: Liliha Bakery

South Shore​

Photo: @banan


This is such a delicious invention – bananas turned into dairy-free frozen yogurt! Banan uses only locally grown bananas with no added sugars and the result is simply divine. This place is so popular there are now multiple locations, each with slightly different hours, so check the website for the most up-to-date times. Open daily from 8:30am to 8pm. 

Photo: @lilihabakery

Liliha Bakery

This landmark bakery is where locals and visitors go when only oven-fresh will do. Other places sell baked items that are delivered in trucks and sit in glass cases all day. Not Liliha Bakery. Since Day one, their commitment has been to keep customers happy with fresh cakes and pastries straight from the ovens. Open Sunday through Thursday 7am to 8pm and Friday and Saturday 7am to 9pm. 

Photo: @matchastandmaiko

Matcha Cafe

Imagine a dessert that makes you smarter, younger, thinner, healthier and more interesting (no, wait, that’s the dessert wine). Matcha Cafe has many locations on O‘ahu, so find the closest one and enjoy. Open daily from 11:30am to 9pm. 

Photo: @pipelinebakeshop

Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery

Quality is important to this bakery which is why they make everything from scratch in house. The malasadas are always made to order and served hot. The pastries are baked from scratch continuously throughout the day and our ice cream is made from scratch. Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery even pasteurizes their own base in house, so they never serve any pre-made ice cream mixes. Open Wednesday and Thursday 8am to 6pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Photo: @purvedonutstop

Purvé Donut Stop

Since 2018, Purvé has been serving fresh-to-order donuts with a sense of humor. “The Sunburnt Haole” is a lemon glaze donut topped with li hing mui, while “You’re Killing Me, Smalls” is a s’mores donut with chocolate, marshmallow and graham crackers. Open Monday to Thursday 6:30am to 2:30pm, Friday to Sunday 6:30am to 5:30pm. 

Photo: @SugarlinaBakeshop

SugarLina Bakeshop

Sugarlina is a little off the beaten path, but if you do find yourself in Aiea, be sure to stop by for the cupcakes and macarons. Open Monday to Saturday 10:30am to 8pm. Closed Sunday. 

Photo: @ubaehawaii


UBAE is a family-owned shop snagged the award for Honolulu’s Best Ube Dessert in both 2019 and 2020 — their signature cheesecake features this Filipino favorite, the purple yam. Not in the mood for cheesecake? There’s also ube flan, ube crinkle cookies, ube cake, ube soft serve and an ube roll. Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm, Sunday 9am to 4pm.

Photo: @WingIceCream

Wing Ice Cream Parlor

Some say the best homemade ice cream on the island can be found at this Chinatown shop. Come see for yourself and let us know! Wing Ice Cream Parlor is open Tuesday to Saturday 12 pm to 8:30 pm, and Sunday 12pm to 6pm. Closed Monday. 

North Shore

Photo: @tedsbakeryhi

Ted's Bakery

Opened in 1987 by Ted Nakamura, Ted’s bakery has been a north shore staple for decades. Though they are famous for their pies, the chocolate macadamia nut cream is a must try, the family run bakery also has an assortment of cakes, cookies, and other pastries. Open daily from 8am to 6:30pm. 

Photo: @sweetasicecream

Sweet As Ice Cream

Sweet As is the original Hawaiian real fruit ice cream. Taking inspiration from their adventures around New Zealand, the Sweet As family blends real fruit with locally made dairy to bring delicious refreshing treats to the North Shore. Don’t miss out on the hand made waffle cones. Open daily from 11am to 8pm. 

Photo: @scoopofparadise

Scoop of Paradise

After a day spent in the hot North Shore sun and sea, make sure to stop at Scoop of Paradise for a quick, refreshing treat. With plenty of flavors from pineapple, acai, mocha, and more there is a scoop for everyone. Open daily from 11am to 9pm. 

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