Your Thanksgiving Dessert Dilemma Solved

4 places you can still nab desserts for Thursday.
Pumpkin spice cake bombs from Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery.
Photo: Courtesy of Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery


Procrastinated on your dessert contribution to this year’s Thanksgiving meal? We got you. Here are four sweets you can still get—supplies limited, though—that will make you the star of Thursday’s potluck.


1. Pumpkin Crunch Gelato, Via Gelato Hawai‘i

Opt to bring artisan gelato to Thanksgiving this year.
Photo: Courtesy of Via Gelato Hawai‘i


The popular gelato shop in Kaimukī has just opened a second location at Ward Village (in the old ZPizza space) facing Auahi Street. Starting tomorrow, both locations are serving pumpkin crunch gelato, a unique addition to any Thanksgiving dessert lineup. Pints are $8 each. If you shop at nearby Eden In Love Boutique, show your receipt and get 20 percent off your purchase (ends Sunday). That means a pint is just $6.70! And if pumpkin-flavored gelato isn’t your thing, Via Gelato serves more than a dozen other flavors including salted caramel with chocolate crumble, matcha green tea and banana fudge. Ube and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal milk gelato are also making a comeback this week.


Multiple locations, (808) 732-2800,


2. Pumpkin Crunch Pie, Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery

The pumpkin crunch pie, left, and pumpkin patch ice cream from Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery.
Photo: Courtesy of Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery


The Kaimukī bakery known for its inventive twists on classic desserts has created one especially with Thanksgiving in mind: pumpkin crunch pie, with thick layers of whipped cream, pumpkin filling and the dessert’s signature nutty, buttery crust. Nine-inch pies are $31.50 each. First come, first serve on Thanksgiving for walk-ins. Other seasonal items include pumpkin spice cake bombs ($3.50 each) and pumpkin patch ice cream with crushed cinnamon cookies. “It’s literally like a frozen pumpkin pie,” says owner Gayla Young.


3632 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 738-8200,


3. MW Chocolate Cake, MW Restaurant

The MW Chocolate Cake from MW Restaurant.
Photo: Courtesy of MW Restaurant


Pumpkin may be the seasonal flavor, but sometimes you just need a little chocolate. Or, in this case, a lot. Pasty chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka’s decadent MW Chocolate Cake is one of the items on the restaurant’s Thanksgiving To Go menu. It’s pricey—$40 for an eight-inch round—but it’s definitely a showstopper. If that’s not enough, you can also order a strawberry-matcha-moringa cake ($70) or a dessert platter with between 16 and 76 pieces ($50 to $200). Nondessert items are also available, including lobster smashed potatoes ($45), chorizo sausage and giblet stuffing ($16) and house-made black truffle cornbread ($6). Order by today and pick up on Thursday.


1538 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Suite 107, (808) 955-6505,


4. Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding, Chocolate + Vanilla Bakery


Back by popular demand is the pumpkin pie bread pudding, topped with a light crème anglaise. You can call to preorder or stop by the small bakery in Kaimukī.


1115 12th Ave., (808) 737-2462