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Tex Drive In & Restaurant

45-690 Pakalana St, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727-6934
+1 808-775-0598
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“malasadas” (572 reviews)
“donuts” (81 reviews)
Open Now
06:30 - 20:00All hours
American, Fast food, Hawaiian
45-690 Pakalana St, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727-6934
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've never had the time to stop by and sample the malasadas at Tex's Drive In. We have had malasadas at other locations in the Big Island and by far these were great. They were warm and fresh. We had some filled and plain. The...More

Thank wpg121695
Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff is a little careless with the line. It seemed to get crowded all at once and noone really cared who was next in line. Food was okay. Tried the malasadas. It seemed light a giant, sugared Kings Hawaiin roll to me. We did not...More

Thank Shawn M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If I'm being honest. I'd say "good", not very good or average. But definitely worth a stop. It's a long drive all around the loop road. This place is at the perfect spot and Malasadas are a great snack for the road. Not the best...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Driving towards Hilo and was super hungry. When I googled the nearest place to eat, this came up. A hidden gem but I'm sure the locals know all about it. Friendly service and absolutely delicious food. Tried their malasadas for the first time. Wow! This...More

Thank Raintreeflower
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

These Portuguese donuts, malasadas, are definitely worth a stop. Considering using the drive thru as they are cheaper and its very convenient. We got plain, Bavarian cream and chocolate - not a stinker in the bunch. Will be dreaming of these for years to come.

Thank Cloudy_Medfield
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived in the mid afternoon and found that the line was short. We wanted a snack after driving up the Hamakua Coast, and this was a great place to stop. Loved the coconut, mango and lilikoi (passion fruit) fillings. Definitely eat them hot and...More

Thank tinaheine31
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm sure these were indeed the best on the island. However, giving I mostly avoid donuts at home - not sure what I was thinking. These Portuguese treats are squares of fried dough filled with your choice of flavors. If you are going to indulge...More

Thank BeverlyJB
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in before ATV tour for these famous malasadas (Donuts with sugar). We ordered the mango, guava, and coconut filling. Fillings weren't too sweet. At 8:00am the malasadas were fresh and hot. Delicious. They also had cooked breakfast items. Their lunch and dinner menu...More

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is just a good old fashion Hawaiian locals place. If you are in Honokaa for a meal be sure to try to Kalua pork plate. Get rice as it is better than the potatoes (and I’m a potato person) and is a good fit...More

Thank stillerz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we first moved to Honoka`a, we were told about Tex Drive In and the malasadas. I totally fell in love with these puffy filled fried pillows of dough. My favourite fillings are mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and cherry, but they also have Boston crème...More

Thank Deborah T
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Peter W
Have WiFi?
7 June 2016|
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Response from brian g | Reviewed this property |
No wifi when we were there in April, although cell reception was reasonable.
Do. You give your malasada recipe to the public or is it a secret
4 March 2015|
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Response from Theresa H | Reviewed this property |
There is mix for sale but haven't seen the recipe published.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45-690 Pakalana St, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727-6934
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Honokaa
  • Phone Number: +1 808-775-0598
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