#ThursdayDoors: Chocolate Haupia Pie

Beyond this unassuming door is one of the Must Visit places on the island of Oahu.


Believe it or not hundreds of people visit Ted’s Bakery every day, often arriving on tourist buses from resorts on the leeward side of the island.


Ted’s Bakery

The buses park at Sunset Beach, which is about a half-block away, and tourists stumble out to gawk at the view before wandering across the street to willingly stand in long lines in the hot sun just for a taste of Ted’s famous Chocolate Haupia Pie. Haupia is coconut cream pudding.


Sunset Beach. It was also hit by monster waves – only experienced surfers were allowed in the water.

As the saying goes: “Happiness is sharing a slice of Ted’s Chocolate Haupia Pie while sitting on Sunset Beach.” I must admit it was a little too sweet and rich for my tastes!


Hawaiian Chocolate Haupia Pie

Ted’s story is emblematic of Hawaii.  The original Ted, Torojiro Nakamura, arrived from Japan in 1906 under contract to a sugar cane company on Maui. After his contract was over, he worked as a farmer until the 1950s when he and his son bought a piece of land across from Sunset Beach and set up a convenience shop.


The original Ted from the Ted’s Bakery web site.

When the surfing world discovered the North Shore Torojiro’s grandson recognized a golden opportunity and began selling donuts, pastries and cornbread. Today the menu includes pies (if you don’t like coconut you can pig out on Macadamia Nut, Peach Bavarian Cream, Lilikoi Cheese Pie or Pineapple Macadamia Nut), and healthier options such as breakfast, lunch, and dinner “plates,” all served with plenty of rice.  In the laid back tradition which is the North Shore, be prepared for a long wait for the lunch plates.


Mural on the side of Ted’s Bakery

The other Must Visit eating joints on the North Shore are the shrimp trucks.


One of the fancier shrimp trucks!

You can’t beat the garlic shrimp you get from these trucks.  The smell, the taste!

Please check out other ThursdayDoors at Norm’s place.


22 thoughts on “#ThursdayDoors: Chocolate Haupia Pie

  1. Jan, this is torture. My saliva glands are craving that pie. Obviously, this is all a plot by the Hawaiian Tourism Board. No doubt, you’re secretly working for them to get me to buy a ticket to fly over to Hawaii for a quick bite. All of this in hopes that I’ll make it a permanent residence. I can see the slogan now, “Come for the pie, stay for paradise.” It’s diabolical I tell ya!

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