Whether you’re local to the islands or coming through for a visit, it is inevitable that you will be coerced to order a slice of coconut cake—here, three top interpretations of the classic Hawaiian dessert.
Halekulani’s signature coconut cake with raspberry coulis and coconut amaretto cream (pictured here) is so beloved (it sells over 270 of these fluffy sponge cakes every month) that the hotel features the time-honored recipe on its website. 2199 Kalia Road, Waikiki, 923.2311
As iconic as the Pink Palace itself, the eye-catching pink haupia cake at The Royal Hawaiian can be ordered throughout the hotel and from room service. If a slice seems too decadent, try a pink snowball from The Royal Bakery—a mini version. 2259 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, 923.7311
Pila's fresh coconut flakes and a delicate mousse are the secret to this coconut cake by Mama's Fish House. Served with liliko`i sauce, Kula berries, Hana papaya and lemon balm microgreens, this gem isn’t on the menu but is always available to those who ask. 799 Poho Place, Pa`ia, 579.8488
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