Short n Sweet bakery in Hawi in 2006, but they've recently moved to the old O'Keefe & Son's Bakery on 374 Kinoole Street in Hilo. Maria, the baker, was a full time pastry chef at Kukio Resort and Beach Club, and before that she was a pastry instructor for the merchant marines.
The bakery is open 7 days a week: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm; Saturday, Sunday 8 - 3. We went for a short holoholo downtown and decided to stop by in the late afternoon for a snack.
The shop itself is quaint. Nothing fussy. Just a few tables to sit at, the day's local paper on a table, and a few pieces of everything. I liked the way the coconut and banana bread was just on their own wooden cutting board. It just showed that if you order it, she'll cut it. It had that made from scratch feel because there wasn't a huge amount of items.
Diner 3 chose the lilikoi bar ($2.95)
The lilikoi bar was tart and fresh without being over sugared. The shortbread bottom was light and buttery, not too crumbly and not too soft. Yummy. Diner 3 ended up eating most of it, but a little was enough for me.
Diner 2 chose the German chocolate bar ($2.35)
Diner 2 also chose the lemon cloud, a baked lemon meringue ($1.25)
On the day we went, they also had chocolate chip cookies, flourless chocolate cake, key lime pie, roasted pineapple bread pudding and raspberry rugelach. If you want to eat more hearty fare, they serve panini sandwiches with homemade focaccia bread and salads.
If you're planning to go to Short n Sweet, it's a cash only establishment, although they do have an ATM in the store.