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Introduced to Hawai‘i by Portuguese sugar workers during the 19th century, sweetbread has become a time-honored favorite among residents and visitors alike. Our delicately sweet and moist Hawaiian sweetbread at Punalu‘u Bake Shop originated from a traditional family recipe. When the recipe was adapted and prepared at a resort restaurant in Punalu‘u (Ka‘u District on the Big Island of Hawaii) in the 1970s, the sweetbread was an instant hit. To keep visitors and kama'aina supplied with this popular favorite, the Punalu‘u Bake Shop was opened in 1991.

We offer our traditional sweetbread, as well as an array of flavored sweetbread, dinner rolls and cookies:

  • Macadamia nut sweetbread
  • Guava sweetbread and dinner rolls
  • Taro sweetbread and dinner rolls
  • Cinnamon raisin macadamia nut sweetbread
  • Kalakoa (a colorful blend of taro, mango and guava)
  • Macadamia nut shortbread cookies (plain, coffee, guava, lilikoi, ginger, banana, and coconut)

All are made without preservatives and are wrapped in our bright, tapa-print packaging.

Due to popular demand, we also now ship Punalu‘u Bake Shop Hawaiian sweetbread, shortbread cookies and our other bakery specialties! 

Shop for your favorite bake shop items online today!