Satisfying Your Island Sweet Tooth – Favorite Hawaiian Desserts

Guest post by Leslie

When traveling, eating as the locals do is essential. And while you may shun the after-dinner sweets back home, skipping dessert while on vacation may mean shutting the door on some truly authentic cuisine. When visiting Hawaii, you’ll be rife with options in the dessert department. From concoctions that take full advantage of those famous pineapples to the refreshing burst of flavor in every spoonful of coconut ice cream, you won’t have to look far for a means of satisfying your sweet tooth. After a long day on the beach, walking back to your hotel will be made all the more satisfying with a treat in hand–and to make your selection process a bit easier, here are some local favorites that have been making people happy for decades.

Guava Spice Cake

Guavas are native to Hawaii, and despite wreaking havoc on other flora if not tended properly, they produce an absolutely life-affirming nectar that locals have worked into their desserts. One favorite is the Guava Spice Cake, a delicious baked treat that combines the sweetness of the fruit with the mild spiciness of cinnamon and nutmeg. With a dollop of ice cream on the side, you’ll get that refreshing chill after a day under the sun that will reenergize you for a night out!

Guava cake and custard pie from Dee-Lite Bakery by newyork808, on Flickr
Guava cake and custard pie from Dee-Lite Bakery by newyork808, on Flickr

Coconut Ice Cream
If you’ve fallen victim to the deliciousness that is the current Coconut water trend, then you can understand how versatile these shelled Island delights are. We’re confident that once you dip into your first cup of Coconut ice cream, you’ll wake up in the Lotus Honolulu with serious cravings for the rest of your trip. Made with only the freshest stock, there are plenty of small shops in and around Honolulu that put their own spins on this classic. Ranging from drizzled chocolate sauce to peanut butter toppings, you won’t be able to resist this icy bit of goodness. Combine it with a piece of pineapple for further deliciousness.

coconut ice cream by roboppy, on Flickr
coconut ice cream by roboppy, on Flickr


The quintessential Hawaiian dessert that has been a staple of the cuisine for decades, poi comes in many different styles that are all highly enjoyable. It is traditionally made from Taro corm, but there are other variations that include different fruits and creams. It can come in the form of dough or more of a pudding as well, so whichever way you choose to go, you’ll be partaking in a true Island activity!

Poi by mote, on Flickr
Poi by mote, on Flickr


One response to “Satisfying Your Island Sweet Tooth – Favorite Hawaiian Desserts”

  1. Order the Guava Spice Cake for me, please!

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