Traditional Hawaiian desserts
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Best traditional Hawaii desserts to enjoy on the islands

Locals on the islands love sweets and these traditional Hawaiian desserts are so good and always popular at any potluck or family gathering on the islands. You’ll love trying all the sweet foods here because there’s so many bakeries and dessert shops on Oahu to visit and savor everything they have for sale. Check out all of these traditional Hawaiian desserts and some of the easy recipes to do now. Traditional desserts on the islands means an influx of shared desserts from many other ethnic groups that moved to Hawaii for a better life and these have been combined to influence local food styles and desserts into the local sweet to eat scene.

Traditional Hawaiian desserts

Enjoy these popular Hawaiian desserts

Malasadas

The Portuguese malasada has been reclaimed in the Islands with popular Oahu bakeries like Leonard’s, Liliha, Penny’s Malasadas and Agne’s Portuguese Bake shop serving some of the best malasadas on the island to enjoy these tasty original or tropical filled malasadas done Hawaiian style. You’ll love trying out all the popular malasadas bakeries and deciding which is the best of the best on the island to visit regularly.

Kulolo

A very traditional Hawaiian dessert that is simple, refreshing and so delicious to eat. Kulolo is made basically with taro and coconut to resemble a caramel taste and texture

Kulolo

Haupia dessert

A gelatin like coconut dessert that is both simple and delicious to make and eat. Haupia is made on its own with an easy-to-follow recipe or it can also be combined with other sweet ingredients like sweet potatoes, chocolate or yams to create a more complex and creamy dessert to eat.

Haupia dessert

Here’s a very easy Haupia video recipe below

Chocolate Haupia dessert

A step above the standard haupia, chocolate haupia incorporates a delicious chocolate goodness with melted chocolate which is layered or mixed in with Haupia to create a delicious mixture of chocolate and coconut creamy dessert that always impresses at every potluck or family gathering. Check out this easy-to-follow video recipe guide below to create your own decadent chocolate Haupia dessert.

Chocolate Haupia dessert

Check out this simple and easy to follow recipe below

Shave Ice

Everyone loves shave ice on the islands that you can find at farmers markets, small roadside stands and even popular stand-alone sites around the island to choose your favorite toppings to soft and flaky shave ice. Of course, popular flavorings include lilikoi, mango, coconut, guava and a host of other combination of tropical flavors along with other regular flavors like strawberry, orange, lemon or more unusual combinations like strawberry cheesecake, Tiger’s blood, Tuti Fruiti, Wedding cake, rootbeer and strawberry daiquiri to name a few of the more unusual flavors.

Shave Ice

Pineapple Upside down cake

Pineapple upside down cake is very popular with the availability of local white or yellow pineapples for that fresh and sweet tasting sensation added to a cake mixture and sauce that creates an infused dessert that just screams Hawaiian style goodness. Check out this easy-to-follow pineapple upside down cake recipe below to create something spectacular for your family or friends today.

Pineapple Upside down cake

Follow this easy to follow recipe for a delicious pineapple upside down cake

Butter mochi

The chewy, buttery and sweet taste of butter mochi is irresistible and everyone on the island loves this for a sweet snack or fast take away from farmers markets or mom and pop shops around the island. Butter mochi is a chewy dessert made with rice flour, butter, coconut milk, eggs in a simple mixture to create this easy to make dessert. Check out this very simple and easy video recipe below to make your own delicious butter mochi for later.

Butter mochi

Learn to make your own butter mochi with this fun video recipe below

Halo Halo

A Filipino inspired ice dessert like shave ice but using more decadent Filipino sweet toppings like flan, fresh coconut, jack fruit, asian jelly fruit and other delicious ingredients along with scoops of ice cream or condense milk to make a delicious and flavorful concoction that is irresistible finish quickly.

Halo Halo

Conclusion to Traditional Hawaiian desserts

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11 Comments

  1. If I had to choose, the Chocolate Haupia dessert would be my immediate choice, but everything looks fantastic. So, of course, I would try them all. The pineapple upside down cake brings back memories of my mom making it — such a comfort food dessert.

  2. What a decadent and delightful article. We find a dessert to be an integral part of traveling and you shared an array of delectable dishes. I’m not sure I would ever be able to pass up a slice of Haupia Pie.

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