Hilo , Hawaii
Tel: 808 961 4766
Concierge.com's insider take:
Hilo native Nora Uchida and her family apply themselves to making Japanese dessert pastries, and making them very well. Mochi (soft pounded-rice balls) and manju (flaky pastry balls) are traditionally filled with sweet red or white beans. But here, mochi are also stuffed with white chocolate, passion fruit, peanut butter, and even whole fresh strawberries. Manju come in fewer varieties, but the purple sweet potato sprinkled with cinnamon is not to be missed. They last a good three days without refrigeration (except for those filled with fresh strawberry), so the colorful confections make great gifts to tote home.
Open Wednesdays through Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm.