First look: Liliha Bakery on Nimitz

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Several months after the initial announcement that the 64-year-old Liliha Bakery was creating a second location on Nimitz Highway, it’s finally open. Located in the old Sam Choy’s Breakfast, Lunch & Crab spot at 580 N. Nimitz Highway, the newly renovated venue opened its doors today.

There’s lots of free parking, and — more importantly — there’s more room to eat breakfast all day and stand in line for the iconic coco puffs. The hours, for now, will be 6 a.m. to midnight daily, although owner Peter Kim is considering staying open 24 hours on the weekends. The interior is all new, the kitchen is sparkling and open, and there are high chairs and tables for people who couldn’t dine at the Liliha counter before. Other than that, the classic recipes are all the same and you can get everything you’d normally order at Liliha Bakery on Kuakini Street, and more. (Probably the only thing that’s missing is 64 years of grease built up on the griddle.)

We got a sneak peek during a practice run earlier this week, so if you plan to go, here’s what it looks like:

Preview: Liliha Bakery on Nimitz

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When you first walk in, you get some direction on where to go. Left to check in for dining, right to just grab from the bakery.

 

Liliha Bakery
580 N. Nimitz Hwy.
808-537-2488

21 comments
trdtaco
trdtaco

Great job Melissa! Maybe I'll finally get to eat breakfast without waiting forever..lol

greensub
greensub

Yummm! This is less than a mile away from where I live. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to take a nice walk this weekend and indulge in cupcakes and coffee!

crysmy
crysmy

Cocoa puffs! Maybe #Grentykins will take me tomorrow... don't let anyone know about the opening till then please.


jlieu
jlieu

I cannot wait to try this place out. I know @Matthew Nickel is super excited too! WOO HOO! 

DeniseHayashi
DeniseHayashi

Thanks Melissa!  You always have informative stories.  I grew up with Liliha Bakery (being from Puunui) so I hope things don't change much.  It was such an iconic family business.  But as with life, change happens.  Mahalo for your insights.  

PMZ808
PMZ808

Melissa this place is NICE and huge!  Thanks, I just left my office and was there in less than 15 minutes after reading this blog. 

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@DotWarner That seems to be a theme with a lot of people. It's nice that people who couldn't dine (or had a hard time doing so) at the original spot, can now do so.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@trdtaco LOL I actually don't wait at the original location. But I go at off hours!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@DeniseHayashi You did?? I grew up just below Puunui but all my hanabata days friends live there!

DotWarner
DotWarner

@Melissa808 We used to take our folding booster seat & strap it onto the bar seats. 

crysmy
crysmy

@Melissa808 thanks! I technically was pretty high on the list because I get email warnings from you! Yay me! Yay cocoa puffs!

DeniseHayashi
DeniseHayashi

@Melissa808 @DeniseHayashi LOL, I grew up right next to Puunui Park.  My parents are still there.  All my elementary school friends still live in the neighborhood too.  Did you go to Maemae?

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@DeniseHayashi I went to Maemae!!! OMG so you probably went/go to the Puunui picnic every year. I never did but Wendy Sato & Christine Fujikawa would tell me about it.

lihinggirl
lihinggirl

My siblings and I also attended Maemae. Our son will be attending starting next month. I didn't know Puunui park has annual picnics. Who hosts them?

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@lihinggirl I wish I could tell you, but I have never attended or was invited because I don't live right in the area. Nor have I ever asked.

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