As you may have heard in the last “Tasty Tidbits” post, Kamehameha Bakery has relocated from their previous digs on North School Street, to a brand spankin’ new shop at City Square Shopping Center, on Kalani Street and Dillingham Boulevard. That would be the site of the old GEM store, which is now Chuck E Cheese, and also home to the Honolulu City & County DMV, hence the name, City Square.
Kam Bakery is specifically located in the separated corner wing of the complex, right across Young’s Fish Market, just a few doors over from Pancakes & Waffles. So basically, after you eat anywhere in the shopping center here, you better have an exercise plan in place. Seriously!
Ooh, did I just say “Kam Bakery”? Why yes, yes I did. Why, bodda’ you? Whoah, watch, all da’ Kam School alumnus going be scolding me now. lol
Actually, I overheard the workers answering the phone (which was ringing off the hook!), answering with “Kam Bakery”. Which I understand. Imagine taking phone call after phone call (believe me, that phone did NOT stop ringing), and having to say the full “Kamehameha Bakery” over and over. No way, Jose.
On my way to the office, I arrived there at 5:45am on their opening day on Friday, May 30th, and the line was steady, but not ridiculous. I imagine later that morning it must have gotten CRAZY, and it’s just going to get crazier as more folks catch on to their new location.
I spoke with several folks waiting in line, and they were all regulars, noting they like the new City Square shop much better, not only because it’s more centrally located, but also because there’s lots more convenient parking, especially if you’re there early. Around lunch time, forget it, but most people come early for pastries, so parking is most definitely ample in the wee hours of the morning, when everything else there is closed.
One thing’s for sure, is there were lots of orders coming out of their hectic kitchen. We’re talking massive boxes filled with Glazed and Poi Donuts, coming out one after the other for phone order pick-ups.
Without further ado, let’s check out what stay get at da’ reopened Kam Bakery in City Square…
Speaking of massive box, here’s the box of Kam Bakery pastries I walked out the door with on this visit to share back at the office…
You know The Tasty Island rules: we always get the “money shot”…
And? If not just as AWESOME, even AWESOME-ER than when they were on School Street. Kam Bakery did not skip one beat on their move to City Square. So, so, so ONO!
If you haven’t tried it yet, you definitely gotta’ hit da’ Banana Fritter. OMG, that is seriously crack in the form of dough, my friends. Fritter Frickin’ ‘MAZING!
I swear this is the best all-American meets local bakery on Oahu, hands-down. The prices are great, and the pastries are even greater-er.
• Kamehameha Bakery Menu PDF download (<—this an old 2012 menu, so note that prices have increased since then, however the selection is pretty much the same)
•Kamehameha Bakery moving to new location after 36 years – KITV report (including video)