Hawaii Recap, Pt II: Hikes, Sugar and Whales.

Malasada time!

Do you know what a malsada is?

“A malasada (or malassada, from Portuguese “malassada” = “light-roasted”) (similar to filhós) is a Portuguese confection, made of egg-sized balls of yeast dough that are deep-fried in oil and coated with granulated sugar. They were first made by inhabitants of the Madeira islands. A popular variation is where they are hand dropped into the oil and people have to guess what they look like. Traditional malasadas contain neither holes nor fillings, but some varieties of malasadas are filled with flavored cream or other fillings. Traditionally the reason for making malasadas has been to use up all the lard and sugar in the house, luxuries forbidden from consumption during Lent. Malasadas are eaten especially on Mardi Gras – the day before Ash Wednesday.”

– from Wikipedia

…and in Hawaii, the place to pick up said tasty delectable doughy delights is Leonards! Or so I had been told…see, I’ve been to Hawaii many times and though I have heard of them, I (shockingly) had never tried one.

Until this trip, of course!


Wow! Sugary, messy and oh-so-tasty; like a white sugar beignet, really (as opposed to powdered sugar). I tried the cinnamon sugar one, and Courtney, who is usually quite a picky eater, partook in the adventure of purchasing from the malasadamobile (really, it’s called that!) as well.


Sugar-induced shenanigans!

Hahah…oh man, too much fun.

Consuming mass amounts of sugar was not the only highlight of our first weekend in Hawaii, though. We also did some outdoorsy things, like hiking 🙂

Hello, wind.

This was taken on the lookout point from the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail – a nice, easy 2-mile RT and paved path (except for the lookout) with lots of scenic vistas…

Starting off…(my mom and Gloria are way ahead of us!)
Gorgeous Pacific Ocean!

On this hike, Courtney and I came upon an informative display about Humpback Whales (hence the mention in the title of this post) which became a central theme of our conversations for the remainder of the trip 🙂

…a whale of a tale…

We *did* look out for whales, but I don’t think it’s the right time of the year.

Looking out to the ocean…

Despite the lack of whales, it was still a fun jaunt up and down – not too strenuous, but still an enjoyable activity.

The monorail at Pearlridge Center 🙂

Naturally, after hiking + sugar, it was time to pay a visit over to the Pearlridge Center before dinner at Anna Miller’s. I’ve always been intrigued by the design of this unique mall – it features an ‘Uptown’ and “Downtown” that have their own parking structures, but also are connected by monorail. It’s been YEARS (decades, even) since we rode that monorail but it’s still cool to see, nevertheless. Bonus: during our visit, there was a special ‘Hall of Heroes’ exhibit (they had the Batmobile on display!) and the monorail was being dubbed the ‘super train.’ Awesome.

The antics continue…stay tuned for Pt III of the Hawaii recap!


  1. Wow, those malasadas sound (and look) delicious! Remind me of an English doughnut – we put granulated sugar on ours, and as kids the challenge was always to try not to lick your lips while eating one! Those ocean views are spectacular, I must visit Hawaii some time!

    • Hahah what a fun game with the donuts!!! LOL 😀

      You definitely need to visit Hawaii 🙂 It is one of the most beautiful places!!

  2. Looks like you guys are having a great time. I love Hawaii. I see that you are wearing a WSU T-Shirt, did you attend? Believe it or not I lived in Pullman WA. for a year or so. Enjoy the rest of your time in Hawaii.

  3. I am dying to go to Hawaii! I love these posts. I am a super picky eater but even I think I might like those malasada things! 🙂

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