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Piña Hawaii's Pineapple Cakes


A delicious find in Waikiki: Piña Hawaii, a cookie boutique worth seeking out in Hilton Hawaiian Village's maze of touristy shops. Its signature item is the piña cake, which reminds me of Taiwanese pineapple cakes, more like manju than a cake—a soft, shortbread-like crust encasing delightfully chunky pineapple.

Piña Hawaii uses local pineapple for the treats and delivers them from its Kapolei production facility to the boutique every two days to ensure a fresh product. Other items on the shelves: a coconut version, coconut and pineapple sugar cookies, and cream sandwich cookies in flavors of pineapple, strawberry and guava. My favorite of all of them, though, is the piña cake.

The packaging is made for gift giving, but who says you have to give it away?

Piña cakes, $2.50 each, $6.99 for 3-piece gift box
Piña Hawaii at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, 2005 Kalia Rd., 952-5919, pinahawaii.com

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