One of the great things about the neighborhood where Vinny and I live is its proximity to a Maui institution: T. Komoda Store and Bakery. This bakery has been serving locals and visitors alike since 1916. In fact, one of the bakery’s charms is that its interior appears to have changed very little over the last century.
Komoda’s location in the heart of Makawao town makes it a place that is hard for me to resist whenever I’m visiting the shops along Baldwin Avenue. From their Chantilly cakes to their signature stick donuts, you really can’t go wrong with whatever you choose at Komoda’s, but what I love best are their malasadas. They are simple, sugary, and utterly delicious.
Malasadas are a Portuguese sweet made from dough that has been deep-fried and then rolled in granulated sugar. Komoda’s malasadas are both light and rich with a delightful coating of cinnamon-laced sugar. They also offer a guava-filled option, if you’re feeling adventurous. But I’m a purist and love their original malasadas.
I like to enjoy my malasadas with a cup of coffee (or sometimes a spicy chai latte with house-made chai) from Sip Me, which is located just down Baldwin Avenue from Komoda’s. This local coffee shop opened over a year and a half ago, and it has been exciting to see it thrive in our community. They have a great selection of coffees, teas, and juices, along with their own display of delectable treats if you don’t find something to your liking at Komoda’s, including a nice selection of gluten-free baked goods.
T. Komoda Store and Bakery is located at 3674 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768.
Sip Me is located at 3617 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768.