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A favorite local stop since 1952, this bakery, less than a mile outside Waikiki, is famous for its malasadas. These pastries are a local favorite, similar to doughnuts only without the holes. They're best eaten hot, leaden when cold. Another specialty is pao doce (Portuguese sweet bread). Danish pastries, cookies, breads and specialty wedding and birthday cakes are also available. This is take out only; there is no place to sit. Parking is available.
This two-story emporium offers Hawaii's largest selection of Hawaiian print fabrics and more, all at reasonable prices. The selection includes Hawaiian print cottons and palaka (country-style plaid), silky polyester prints, bridal fabrics, drapery and upholstery fabrics, and more. There's also a large selection of sewing supplies, patterns and Hawaiian quilt kits. The store is located a few blocks outside Waikiki, near the Convention Center. You'll recognize it by its bright green storefront.
One of Honolulu's best-known purveyors of Hawaiiana and collectibles, this funky store on the fringe of Waikiki claims to carry the world's largest selection of vintage Aloha shirts. Perfect-condition collector's items from the heyday of Aloha shirts (the 1930s to 1950s) easily fetch $500 and up, and stylish "vintage reproductions" cost $30 to $100. You can also find wearable second-hand shirts for around $20. Other collectibles include old Zippo lighters, kitschy 1950s knick-knacks and World War II memorabilia.
Collector's items, pens and watches are sold here. Although Montblanc is a Swiss brand, the timepieces are made in Germany. Sunglasses, tie clips and other functional, elegant accessories are also for sale. With its minimalist window display and gracious, knowledgeable staff, the store seems more like a fine art gallery.
This bakery is a local secret that islanders have kept close to their hearts for years. The small diner counter almost always has a line and the food is simple and inexpensive. But ask anyone about the bakery and they will drool at the thought of the cocoa puffs. They are small cream puffs filled with a cocoa pudding and topped with a secret Chantilly frosting that is simply legendary. For under a buck a piece, this is one of the best things about Hawaii, ever. It is open from 6 a.m on Tuesday to 8 p.m on Sunday. Mondays remain closed - Lottie Tagupa