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Liliha Bakery Nimitz Now Open!

Ah, yes my fellow Honolulu foodie friends, mark today, Wednesday, July 9, 2014 as a historic day in Hawaii Nei, as Liliha Bakery’s brand spankin’ new second location on Nimitz Highway is finally NOW OPEN! Yay!

This, after over a year under construction, taking over what was for many, many years prior, Sam Choy’s Breakfast, Lunch & Crab.

Liliha Bakery light can sign on the makai side of the building facing Nimitz Highway traffic heading towards downtown Honolulu. The Sam Choy Breakfast, Lunch & Crab light can sign is still up on the building as of this writing

Starting at 6am sharp today, you can walk in and order from the entire coffee shop menu, either dine-in or take out, as well as choose from their entire selection of onolicious baked goods.

Please keep in mind this is a SOFT OPENING. According to Lawrence, their general manager (he’s such a cool guy!), the grand opening “might be more than a week away”, as he noted like any other business’ initial days opening, they’re still ironing out the kinks and doing some fine tuning.

Formally written on the receipt as Liliha Bakery II, the new Nimitz location’s business hours are 6am to midnight daily. This, compared to the original Liliha location, which is open 24 hours, and closed on Monday.

Also for comparison, the original Liliha location has 26 seats at the coffee shop counter, while the new Nimitz location has 46 seats at the diner counter, along with an additional 120 seats in the adjoining dining room area. Other than that, the diner menu and selection at the bakery is pretty much identical, save for just a few items added to the Nimitz coffee shop menu.

Getting right to it, let’s step inside and have a look around the brand spankin’ new Liliha Bakery Nimitz digs, starting here at the main entrance waiting area….

View as you walk in, looking towards the Coffee Shop kitchen at the back, with the customer service desk to the left…

Hang a right for the bakery or straight ahead for the coffee shop (go straight towards the kitchen then hang a left for the restrooms)…

One of the construction workers told me this sign was salvaged from Sam Choy’s BLC…

The bakery display cases all filled with goodies…

From the corner of the bakery, facing the kitchen…

Spartan new and clean Men’s Room (no worries, nobody was in there)…

Coffee shop main concourse area (restrooms are through the door in the corner, behind the customer service counter to the left)…

Closer angle shot from the “back end”…

The “long side” of the coffee shop counter…

Coffee Shop counter facing the open kitchen…

Coffee Shop counter, facing Ewa (I love saying that)…

Corner shot…

“2 hot cakes, 2 french toast, order up!”…

Pastry chef portioning out cornbread dough…

Busy, busy kitchen…

Near the corner of the L-shaped Coffee Shop counter, looking into the front side of the kitchen where all the coffee shop meals are prepared…

This is without a doubt, one FIRST CLASS COFFEE SHOP…

Coffee shop dining room in the back right corner area…

The side dining room (the wall on the right is where Sam Choy’s BLC boat used to be)…

The chairs are refurbished from Sam Choy’s BLC, while the table tops are all new, albeit the steel base and post is also refurbed from Sam Choy’s…

Vendors’ well wishing tropical flower arrangements…

Here’s Liliha Bakery Nimitz complete Coffee Shop menu that you’ll be presented with at the table or counter there…


For your convenience, a PDF version of Liliha Bakery Nimitz Coffee Shop menu (<– click link or following image to download/view)…

Next let’s check out all the yummy pastries at the bakery display case, starting with Liliha Bakery’s famous Coco Puffs…

And its tasty sister, the Chocolate Cream Puff…

Green Tea Puffs (my new fave!)…

Cream Puffs…

Chocolate E’Clairs…

Glazed Donuts…

Cupcake Ferris Wheel display at the pastry counter…

Gauva-filled Cupcakes…

Bacon Chocolate Cupcakes…

Assorted Danish…

Assorted savory rolls…

Hot Cross Buns…

Guava & Jelly Rolls…

Green Tea & Mango Rolls…

Corn Bread…

Butter Rolls…

Blueberry Cream Squares…

Banana Chantilly Cupcakes…

Jello Cream Squares…

Azuki Turnovers…



Petite Chiffon…

Cinnamon Almond Danish…

Bear Claw…

Blueberry Almond Danish…

A variety of decorated cakes…

Liliha Bakery Hot Cake Batter 2-GO…

My God, I think I put on 5 pounds just processing and posting all those pastry photos. lol

I’ll do a follow-up post tasting some of the yummy treats I’ve since got from there.

Wrapping this up, all I can say is you must head on down to 580 North Nimitz Highway (right across the former Gentry Pacific Center/now OHA and City Mill, just before Zippy’s) and check it out for yourself. The new Liliha Bakery II turned out absolutely AWESOME!

Toodles. ;-)

Liliha Bakery II
580 N. Nimitz Hwy.
Honolulu, Hawaii  96817
Tel. (808) 537-2488

Related links:
Liliha Bakery – official website
Liliha Bakery II (Nimitz) – Yelp user reviews
Liliha Bakery (original location) – Yelp user reviews
Liliha Bakery – TripAdvisor user reviews

The Tasty Island related links:
Liliha Bakery Nimitz June 2014 Update
Liliha Bakery Nimitz Update
Liliha Bakery’s Famous Coco Puffs
Liliha Bakery’s Coco Puff Cake

P.S. On my way home from work this afternoon, I dropped by again (getting a few photos I missed earlier), to find this sandwich board sign propped in front of Hoku Brewery, to the left of Liliha Bakery Nimitz….

So there you go. Manapua and More will open this Saturday (same day as the Korean Festival at Magic Island), July 12, 2014, while Hoku Brewery & Gastropub will open the next, next Tuesday on July 22, 2014.

I just find that so weird and almost surreal; a bakery/coffee shop + bar/gastropub + manapua stand, all in one, rather isolated place as a “one stop shop”? Go figure! lol


21 thoughts on “Liliha Bakery Nimitz Now Open!

  • July 9, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Yum, those pics are making me drool. We’ve got Komoda Bakery cream puffs here on Maui but they don’t have Green Tea Cream Puffs. Those look interesting…and delicious too.

    On the menu, what’s “scrumpet and jelly”? I’m assuming they mean “crumpet and jelly”?

  • July 9, 2014 at 6:15 pm


    To be honest, I’ve never dined at the original location’s Coffee Shop counter, and looking over Yelp reviews, all several folks said about it is “the Scrumpets are my favorite!” and that’s it. But they are called “Scrumpets” there. I’ll get more scoops on it next time I go there. Perhaps a photo, too.

    Regarding the Green Tea Puff, today was the first time I tried that flavor, and think it’s THE BEST ONE of all the Puffs (which are actually Choux Creme). There’s this interesting salty topping on it that brings out the flavor of the creamy, mildly green tea tasting filling. From now on, the Green Tea Puff is the only one I’m ordering. Winnah!

    • July 10, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Maybe scrumpets = scrumptious crumpets!

      Next time I’m on Oahu, I’ll have to stop there and try one of those Green Tea Puffs!

  • July 9, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    All I can say is that its 100% better than Forty Niners in WAHIAWA! Liliha Bakery…love them puffs!

  • July 9, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Hot cake batter? Do people drink it? Or take it home and bake it?

  • July 10, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Corned Beef Hash for lunch but not breakfast? No can be.

  • July 10, 2014 at 7:56 am

    @ Leanne – Well golly, I did not know there was a Forty Niner Restaurant in Wahiawa, yet looked it up, and sure enough, it’s on Yelp!…


    Da’ grindz look winnahz!

    Otherwise I would have thought the only Forty Niner is the diner in Aiea…


    @ h – You can’t be serious, “drink” or “bake” hot cake batter? lol I’m sure you meant griddle it. Liliha Bakery is known for their amazing hot cakes, especially with bananas in it. I think $4 for ONE hot cake is crazy though.

    @ pat – while they categorize their menu by breakfast, lunch & dinner (being suggestive), you can order anything you want, any time of day or night, 6am to midnight. Just a like a true All-American coffee shop should be. ;-)

  • July 10, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Sure looks nice. Bakery end looks like it should get customers in and out quickly. I would prefer to eat at the counter at the old place. Something about watching the ladies cooking your food right in front of you. When are they going to let you take a video of that fancy puff machine? Curious to see how it works.

  • July 10, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Oh! Hotcake batter. Guess it’s a regional thing. While I know in the back of my heat that they are called that, everywhere I’ve lived has used the term pancakes. Also, I’m used to the phrase spelled without a space. So yes, I was serious, when I read hot cake batter, I thought it was cake batter that was hot, which was perplexing. Hence, the question.

  • July 10, 2014 at 8:57 am

    @ h – I think you’re onto something with drinking hot cake batter. A hot cake milk shake, perhaps? Sounds totally decadent. I’d do that by taking griddled (cooked on a flat top) hot cakes (pancakes) and cutting them into little cubes, then toss it in a butter pecan milk shake swirled with real maple sryup and topped with sliced bananas and whipped cream. Hah, how you figgah? Sounds like a winnah!

    I know what you mean about hotcakes vs. hot cakes vs. pancakes. I normally call them pancakes as well. Restaurants tend to jumble spelling and names a tad to make it their own. Milkshake vs. milk shake vs. shake, etc..

    @ kobi – They make your food right in front of you at this location as well if you sit at the counter. Not exactly “coffee shop ladies” with the hair net and all, though. Problem with the Liliha location is you’ll have to wait to get one of the highly sought after 26 counter stools. Unlike here where there’s 46 + 120 table seats.

    I asked Lawrence about coming in to shoot a video of the coco puff machine in action, which he’s cool about, however, he told me they make all their Coco Puffs at 3am in the morning. Oi, I don’t think I’m willing to drive down to Nimitz at 3am. I’ll check again later to see if/when they run it during daytime hours.

  • July 10, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Your proposed shake sounds delicious! I love pancakes.

  • July 10, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I think your recipe idea sounds best. Especially with some actual pecans in there, or some wet walnuts. I wonder if you’d have to freeze the pancake cubes before adding to the milkshake so they don’t become pureed?

    • July 10, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Actually, I was thinking of mixing in the cubed pancakes AFTER the butter pecan milkshake is blended. So it would definitely be a spoon and straw affair. However now that you mention it, perhaps I should add some cubed pancakes in during the blending process as well for the flavor, doing as you said, by freezing the pancake cubes first. Great tip!

      Hawaii’s first LILHA BAKERY Hot Cake Milkshake… coming soon to The Tasty Island!

  • July 10, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Place looks inviting and we love the old Liliha Bakery-french donuts yum! Parking might be a problem though. Once my inlaws took the family to Sam Choy’s but the only parking had was validated. This is a good alternative to Zippy’s Nimitz and Tanaka Saimin. BTW, I went to Tanaka Saimin based on your review and I thought it would be a good place but nah, I’m not going back there again. That restroom looks really nice-it might be a magnet for all the homeless in the area, though. I do have compassion for those who have fallen on hard times and the mentally ill but if a restaurant has a filthy bathroom and the parking is terrible- I’ll go somewhere else.

    • September 16, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      I don’t think the homeless will coming into Liliha Bakery………..just saying.

  • July 11, 2014 at 12:13 am

    I still dine at the old location due to I live on Liliha St. Now maybe not so pack and could at last get a seat.

  • July 11, 2014 at 7:37 am

    @ L – Since there’s a tree partially blocking it, folks turning into the driveway may not notice a Liliha Bakery light box sign out front that clearly states “FREE PARKING”. Hopefully that sticks, and they won’t have to resort to valet-only parking (as it was for Sam Choy’s) due to too much local traffic coming in and out. This location can be dangerous, as it’s off a beaten path of Nimitz Highway where folks tend to speed in the far left lane, while folks also can get backed-up in that left lane trying to turn left in the driveway here. Really gotta’ pay attention in that area.

    The La Tour complex’ parking lot is horrible, however unfortunately they don’t have much space for options. Same for Liliha, Hoku & Manapua & More. It’s like San Francisco or Tokyo here already.

    @ Amy – I never got around to asking Lawrence or Peter about the price difference of the coffee shop menu and bakery between the original and the new one, nor am I eager to ask. lol

  • July 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Scrumpets are crumpets…which are similar to a light scone. The hot cake batter is amazing. It makes more than one pancake.

    • July 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      I just went back there today. The premixed (wet) Liliha Bakery Hot Cake Batter for sale in the refrigerator case is $6.75/quart.

  • October 11, 2014 at 11:19 am


    We just ate breakfast there, very nice bakery/coffee house/restaurant, the floor plan & décor very nice.  Loved the waffle w/fresh blueberries!  However, the omelet was a total disappointment as it looked more like a scramble egg plate w/pork sausage/onions/bell peppers plate than an omelet!  Perhaps the cook needs to be shown how do a proper omelet!


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