Not only is Kalakoa Sweetbread colorful, but it’s quite tasty, too. If you look closely, you’ll notice three colors. There’s a purplish gray section which is taro flavored. You may also see a thin section of pink which is guava flavored. The yellowish orange area is mango flavored.
We found this bread on the Big Island and just had to try it. We would toast it and add a thin layer of butter and Big Island honey for breakfast. It was a great accompaniment for our Kona coffee that we savored on our lanai.
The name of the bakery that makes this colorful bread is the Punalu’u Bake Shop. Per the bakery’s Web site, it’s the southernmost bakery in the USA – situated at latitude 19 degrees, four minutes north of the equator. You can visit this bakery on the Big Island and try free samples. The visitor’s center is located on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) in the town of Na’alehu, midway between Kailua Kona and Volcanoes National Park.
I’ve only found Punalu’u brand bread on the Big Island. Does anyone know if you can buy it on the other islands?