KAUNAKAKAI, HAWAII - Molokai goes to bed shortly after sunset. But on this 40-mile wide Hawaiian island with zero traffic lights and just a handful of intersections worthy of a stop sign, one place keeps local and wise tourists buzzing at night.
It has none of the typical accoutrements of a Hawaiian nightspot. Because it's not. No tiki torches, no hula girls. No fruity drinks with umbrellas, no luaus.
All Kanemitsu's Bakery has to offer is hot bread. That's all it needs. Molokai Hot Bread is exactly as it sounds, yet it will revolutionize the way you visit the Islands or dream about late-night snacking. Seriously, if you're staying on Maui or Lanai, or even Kauai or Oahu, strongly consider an inter-island flight strictly for the night.
The bakery begins cooking the next day's delicacies at 9:30 p.m. (It's a weather thing.) The store is actually closed, but the back door in the kitchen is open to customers.
All you have to do is walk down a short, poorly lit, rundown alley and bang a left at the street lamp. Then knock on the door and order up some bread.
Fillings include blueberry, strawberry, butter, cinnamon sugar and cream cheese (the cake kind, not the bagel kind), or any combination thereof. Blueberry and cream cheese is ridiculous. Cinnamon sugar and butter is ridonkulous.
A loaf costs between $5-7, depending on the amount of fillings you order. You'll get your money's worth of fillings, too.
Of course, the bread is best consumed hot and fresh, but it's just as delectable 36 hours later.
So next time you're in Hawaii or even near it, if you've got the bread to fly there, get the bread to eat there, too.