Baked items over the moon at Country Moon Rising

It’s a shame when a favorite eatery falls victim to the ailing economy. The latest casualty on Kaua‘i is Country Moon Rising.

This Eastside bakery makes some of the most delectable baked goods on the island. I dare anyone to walk out empty-handed after smelling the sweet scent of warm bread emitting from its doors.

Country Moon Rising is closing its doors at the end of the month, according to night manager Kari Schilling.

The Kaua‘i Made bakery is committed to using natural and organic ingredients, which means you can pronounce every word listed on the package. All items sold are handmade and hand formed. The bakery uses as many local ingredients as possible, including bananas and taro.

Country Moon Rising is located in downtown Kapa‘a, sandwiched between ABC Store and Men’s Hardwear in the Roxy Square center.

Before it goes, be sure to swing by one morning for a delicious breakfast.

Your best bet is to come in the morning before 9 a.m. to guarantee you have the pick of the spread. Pastries sell out fast.

Loaves of bread (which range from kalamata olive to sourdough to 12-grain and everything in between) go for $6.

Pastries and scones go for around $5, and don’t forget to swipe a bag of giant cookies to share with a friend.

The bakery offers limited seating outside, a perfect choice if you are grabbing a quick bite to eat for breakfast or lunch or sipping on a drink.

On your next visit to Country Moon Rising, remember to bring cash. The bakery doesn’t accept plastic. Visitors who fall in love with this Eastside bakery don’t have to fret about saving enough room in their luggage to bring baked goods home to their friends — the store will ship any of their items to the mainland. Country Moon Rising is located at 1345 Kuhio Hwy in Kapa‘a. The bakery is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. Call 822-2533 for more information.

Best Bet: The pineapple scones, the mango danishes, Hawaiian sweet bread, macadamia nut biscotti, killer bars and, let’s not kid ourselves, the entire spread is delectable.

Skip: The coffee. A limited selection leaves caffeine-inclined clients desiring a bit more.

On a Budget: Check out the day-old rack for discounted bakery items. The prices are slashed by almost 50 percent.

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