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Big Island’s Best: Holy’s Buttered Apple Pie

In Hawaii, every island has that special place to buy omiyage, or “gift” – usually food – to bring back as a treat for family and friends as a taste of your travels. From the Big island of Hawaii, one of those places to go is Holy’s Bakery in the Kapa’au area of Kohala for their awesome pies.

Fortunately for us folks living on (or visiting) Oahu, our local Star Market continues to ship in and sell Holy’s pies, including peach, coconut, and the most popular: Buttered Apple. Each hand-made, then frozen with plenty of TLC and ready to bake.

Diner “E”, in his generous spirit, brought this Holy’s Buttered Apple Pie to the office for us to try, which he bought from the Star Market in Ewa Beach, Oahu. He said there were only 3 in stock, along with 5 coconut and 5 peach pies. All at $14.99 each.

What you say? $14.99 for an apple pie? That is relatively steep, but this isn’t any ordinary apple pie. This is THE apple pie!

Behold the Holy’s Pie box, which this is exactly how it will look in your local Star Market’s freezer section…

Notice there’s no fancy plastic vacuum sealed wrapper or other high tech packaging method. This is old school. I wonder if there could be a loco moco with 2 scoops rice and mac salad under the hood here? lol

Pop the hood, and you’re greeted with a raw, solid-frozen, unbaked pie…

And no it’s NOT microwaveable!

Notice the steam vent slit, which actually you can’t see a visible puka, just the shape of where it’s located.

So what did it say on the label?…

Ah. Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour. So Diner “E” fired up the oven on preheat at that temp’, then placed it in there on top of a baking pan to catch any drippings…

Exactly 1 hour later, it’s done!…

Whew. Thankfully that vent in the top crust functioned properly, or this could have been a mess! Not that the interior of our office lunchroom oven was exactly in showroom condition itself, either. lol

It was left to cool down for about 10 minutes then cut to serve…

Now. You do see it says BUTTERED Apple Pie, right? As in 1 whole stick! See that white goo in the center. That’s butter fat my friends, drippin’ ‘n oozin’ out. Paula Deen, if you’re lookin’ at this, you know what I’m talkin’ ’bout!

Here’s a slice…

What you CAN see is that flaky crust, that is entirely unique to Holy’s pie. What you CAN’T see is the BUTTERYNESS, which permeates throughout the crust and filling via shear heat melting that ingredient (dabs of butter) through and through. Diner “E” made a great observation by pointing out this crust was similar to that of the Manju from Maui. I agree, it’s quite similar.

What’s most incredible is how fresh it tastes after coming piping hot out of the oven, regardless of when the the actual date of production was, or the lack of sealed packaging involved. While I can’t say how one of these tastes fresh off Holy’s assembly line and out of the oven, I’m certainly not complaining with this shipped-frozen-then-baked version.

Now, you don’t think we’d eat this pie “plain” do you?…

Yes. that’s American Cheese added in and melted on, my friends. It may sound or even look gross, but this is THE way to eat an apple pie! You must try it like this. Especially with that extra butter in Holy’s pie. It’s like sensory overload in the way the creamy characteristic flavor of the American cheese enhances the cinnamon, apples, brown sugar, and buttery, delicately-textured crust. Mmm, mmm, mmm.

Everyone who had a slice couldn’t get over how simple, yet delicous this pie was. We all unanimously agreed, whether it was just $5 or $15, Holy’s Buttered Apple Pie is one of the best we’ve ever tasted.

Holy’s Bakery, Inc.
PO Box 132 Kapaau, HI 96755

*Also available at select Star Market locations on Oahu in the freezer section ($14.99 each for Buttered Apple, Peach or Coconut pies, each).

The Tasty Island rating:

(5) Superb. Worthy of repeat visits or purchases. (Broke Da’ Mout’!)

Related links:
Frozen Apple Pie is a Big Island Favorite – Honolulu Star Bulletin


39 thoughts on “Big Island’s Best: Holy’s Buttered Apple Pie

  • November 5, 2014 at 5:52 am

    2412 Botanical Dr. Killeen Texas. I love this pie and I didn’t know that it was still made. Do you ship to the mainland? I’ll pay for shipping. Do you also make custard pie? They don’t have anything like that here. Please let me know. Thank you so much.

    P.S. If I didn’t see the article in the star advertiser I would’ve never known you were still in business. Again thank you.

  • December 21, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Times Mccully sells Holy’s pies for over $16 so I hope Holy’s new location (Hawaiian Pie Company) in Kalihi will be less.  A bit steep for a pie but excellent.

  • March 4, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Considering you pay $5 for a slice of an average pie, $15 for eight slices is a bargain, and this is not just an average pie!  It’s Holy’s and it’s the BEST!!!

  • October 11, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    with or without cheese…. just with vanilla ice cream (my favorite) or simply by itself.. this is the best pie IN the UNIVERSE. Nothing compares. 

    • October 13, 2015 at 5:40 am


      Sounds like that could be a jingle for a Holy’s Bakery Pie commercial. ;-)

  • October 24, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I had my first Holy’s Bakery Buttered Pear Pie back in 1981.  Then I had the peach, then the apple, then the coconut.  I’ve tried over and over to replicate the recipes, but never quite got it dead bang on.  I miss the Buttered Pear Pie.  I stopped seeing it around the early ’90’s.  Still, in Vegas now, and I miss these pies!  Not enough people here to order 25 pies, but I still have those memories.  Holy’s is the BEST pie I’ve ever had.  Doesn’t matter which one, the crust is awesome, the entire pie is buttery, and the filling doesn’t get watery like many other places.  It is just awesome!


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