New Liliha Bakery Location Opens

Liliha Bakery on Nimitz Highway

I work at Dole Cannery in Iwilei, and while it’s only a few blocks west of downtown Honolulu, it’s a comparative wasteland when it comes to food options. One can live on Costco hotdogs and pizza for only so long. Fortunately, a celebrated local eatery has finally opened its second location on Nimitz Highway, in the old Sam Choy’s space across from City Mill.

Liliha Bakery has been a Kalihi institution since 1950. Peter Kim bought it in 2008 with plans to expand statewide. And while that expansion has been a long time coming — this Iwilei location has been in the works since October 2013, with the opening delayed from May — there’s little doubt Liliha Bakery and its signature coco puffs will easily satisfy an even larger audience.

The space, located at 580 North Nimitz Highway, is familiar to people who’d dined at Sam Choy’s during its 15-year tenancy. It’s been given several modern updates, with dark wood furniture and spot lighting, giving it a much more moody feel than its much older sister on Kuakini Street, less than two miles away. In addition to ample bakery space, there’s restaurant table and counter seating, and the kitchen remains open and within view of customers.

Liliha Bakery at Iwilei

Liliha Bakery at Iwilei

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5 Responses

  1. Kate Paine says:

    Us folks who grew up in the area, know the original Liliha Bakery is in the Liliha neighborhood, not Kalihi!

  2. Mike Bates says:

    Nice to have an alternate location since Liliha Bakery’s original store is often crowded.

  3. pattycullen says:

    Been waiting …after church will stop by…BUT can’t wait for 3rd opening out in Pearlcity…Kapolei even better ;+) PearlCity prob better catching west and north traffic …thks Mr Kim

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