Snow Puffies at Paalaa Kai Bakery
You’re on the North Shore and you veer off Kamehameha Highway to stop at the only store visible across acres of former cane land. “The famous Snow Puffies are here!” the sign says in Japanese, and now, so are you. You bite through thin layers of crisp puff pastry, a gush of cold, sweet custard catching you by surprise. The best bites have some chocolate squiggle on top. Now you know why Snow Puffies are to Paalaa Kai Bakery what malassadas are to Leonard’s.
66-945 Kaukonahua Road, (808) 637-9795, $1.98.