The island where sweets are ‘no ka oi’

Destination Dining

December 22, 2019

Story By: Elima Pangorang |

Christmas tree, check; holiday playlist, check; decorations and presents, check and check! Here’s to hoping that everyone’s holiday season is going according to plan. As Dec. 25 looms around the corner (three days to be exact), all that’s left to do is get the menu ready — and with this time of year comes a rush of sweet tooth cravings.

In keeping up with the season, Dining Out is highlighting a few of The Valley Isle’s sought-after chocolate desserts. Whether you might be going on a Christmastime island hop or have family coming in from Maui, be sure to get your hands on these sweet treats — that are actually available all year long, too.

1. Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop
820 Olowalu Village Road,

It’s all in the name at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop where guests can find a plethora of fresh-baked goods hand-crafted in house. Upon first stepping in, take in the hypnotizing aromas of sweet and savory options. Starting off with savory selections, diners may enjoy handheld meat and veggie pies, pot pies, burgers and more. Moving on pies, choose between truly decadent offerings like the Mac Nut Chocolate, Apple Crumb, Berry pies, among others. For the ultimate in indulgence opt for a slice of the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie topped with chocolate shavings and bits of macadamia nuts.


2. Kula Bistro
4566 Lower Kula Road, Kula

Located in Upcountry Maui along Halekala’s grand slopes, Kula Bistro is a popular shop for fresh and flavorful Italian fare. In addition to a full-service menu of pastas, pizzas and local favorites, the charming shop presents a beautiful dessert showcase that excites one’s senses, from tarts and cannolis to mini pies and large cakes. To please a chocolate craving, sink your teeth into a rich chocolate mousse cake complete with chocolate shavings and vanilla drizzle.


3. Tin Roof
360 Papa Place, Ste. Y,

While Tin Roof is well-known for its main menu filled with local favorites boasting a modern, innovative twist, the eatery also churns out a special dessert beloved by many. Enter the Chocolate Birthday Cake Bibingka: The chocolaty butter mochi squares are topped off with a smooth spread of peanut butter and generously crowned in a colorful array of rainbow sprinkles. It’s the best way to start or end a meal at Tin Roof.


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