Back alley bread is a Moloka`i tradition

Food — By jeckardt on March 30, 2012 at 2:45 am

Just a hop, skip and a jump away from bustling Honolulu is the polar opposite – the island of Moloka`i. The long and narrow island can be seen from the eastern shore of Oahu and can be reached for about $66 via airplane. If you make it to Moloka`i for some R&R from the busy streets of Honolulu, one of the most unique experiences you can have is wandering down a dark alley in Kaunakakai, Moloka`i’s main town, after 10 p.m. to score yourself… a couple loaves of bread.

Moloka`i Hot Bread

You read it right. Bread. Locals have been savoring and purchasing bread from the back alley dispenery for about 100 years, and this is truly the only late night action you can find here. Coffee shop, bakery, and breakfast joint by day, the Kanemitsu Bakery is a hot bread drenched in a sweet topping shop by night.

It’s fair to say that this is one of the most “local” experiences you can have on Moloka`i, as it’s something they really do and love, not just something designed for visitors. On any given night except for Sundays, head down Hotel Lane in Kaunakakai. Make sure it’s after 10 p.m. You’ll novice the hand painted sight on a cement wall announcing “Moloka`i Hot Bread,” lit up only by the dim street light.

Hang a left and you’ll see Christmas lights, and just around another corner there will be a small window above a door. This is it. Choose from the marker board menu from five flavors of strawberry, blueberry, cinnamon, creme cheese or butter. If you ask for two they’ll probably put both on the same loaf so specify if you want two separate loaves.

This modest joint only accepts cash. And personally, I like the cinnamon the best.

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