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We love Leonards but thought we ought to try Penny's Malasadas while taking in the Polynesian Cultural Center.. Our group of four thought they were very good!! It was hard to make the leap that Leonards would win the taste contest.. it is very close.....However, Leonards has a better selection of fillings and are less expensive.. so on that basis the nod would go to Leonards.. but on taste and texture, it would be a toss-up..
Either way, your taste buds will appreciate the workout!!More
Again, I trust my long time great friend from Oahu. She knew I wanted to revisit Leonard's Bakery in Waikiki. However, she said the best malasadas are from Penny's. Besides, when we drove by Leonard's on our way to the windward side, it was closed....So, off we headed on our "road down the Kamehameha Highway".
Penny's is located in the Hukilau Marketplace, located in the Polynesian Cultural Center. The Marketplace has expanded and grown in size. It's open from 11 AM to 8 PM. It's all malasadas, so we ordered I believe the lemon filled ones. I think they call it "the bomb", but I could be wrong. In any case, they were delicious. And..we didn't have to wait in any lines. It's really a food truck specializing in malasadas. You can sit at a table there outside as well.
While you could defer to Leonard's in Waikiki (closer to that area if you're staying there), then certainly go there. However, if you want to really take in the "real" Oahu, stop at Penny's Malasadas. You won't be disappointed. They just may be the best malasadas on the island.More
Stopped in for a treat on a recommendation, left happy!. These folks not only served our order but have a very detailed list of must see and does while visiting North Shore!. They were spot on!. We went to all of the areas they suggested,...shopping was good in Haleiwa and all of the beaches were amazing!. We were led to a scenic lookout at slime historic ruins as well!More
Never liked donuts, so when my kids insisted on me trying Penny's Malasadas when we visited the Polynesian Cultural Center on April 2019, I said "Gross! No thank you!" They downed their two malasadas each within 30 seconds. They loved it so much, two days...later, they asked if we could drive all the way to the North Shore for malasadas again. Since we were in Waikiki, my best friend treated them to the famous Leonards. The kids were underwhelmed. So, being that is all they asked for during our vacation, we obliged and drove to Penny's the next day. I was curious about their malasdasbecause my youngest one is a picky eater. I asked for a bite and that one bite, I was hook!!!! ... Fast forward 7 mos later. Went back to Ohau for a 50th bday party, all I wanted to do as soon as we landed at HNL was go to Penny's. So we did. But they were closed for the day due to technical issues. PM'd the owner and told him it was the saddest day of my life and he responded that he felt badly and would like to deliver their malasadas to my hotel. Told him "no need as we were going back to the North Shore the next day anyway." The next day, I got complimentary malasadas and we bought half a dozen more. Penny's Malasdas IS that good ... beyond good. DIVINE!!! Anyway, taking kids back on December 2019 ... they had a choice between the Big Island or Oahu. The latter won because they want to go back to Penny's. Life is good.More
Well, the hours are strange. They aren't open till 10:00 AM. Most Donut shops are for the early worker or traveler but not here. The price is a little steep but they are the only place around for these pastries.
These are tasty and delicious. Made while you wait - hot and fresh. Three different fillings are offered and each was divine. We were at the North Shore for four days and went here three times. You rock!
If you haven't eaten malasada's, you need to stop here. They are to die for, a warm doughnut like outside, with a variety of fillings, including cherry, apple, vanilla pudding, and others. They are incredibly light and you will have a hard time, not eating...more than one. They are that good.More