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Best Places to Grab a Cool Treat on Oahu

Updated on May 25, 2012

Hawaii is blessed with warm, tropical weather almost year-round, so it's no surprise that there are plenty of shops selling Shave Ice, Ice Cream, Bubble Drinks, and more.

Check out one of these spots for a refreshing, cool treat that's perfect for any day - rain or shine.

Dave's Hawaiian Ice Cream
Dave's Hawaiian Ice Cream | Source

Dave's Hawaiian Ice Cream

Made fresh daily in Hawaii, Dave's Hawaiian Ice Cream serves popular favorites as well as specialty flavors to the delight of customers.

Customers can choose from well-known flavors such as Cookies N Cream, Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry.

For a taste of the islands, you can choose from Poha Berry, Kona Coffee, Chocolate Macadamia, and Hawaiian Mud Pie.

Guava, Lychee, and Passion Fruit Sherbets are also available.

Specialty ice cream flavors include Green Tea, Ube (Purple Yam), Chocolate Chip Mochi, and Rainbow Sherbert - a combination of Guava, Passion Fruit, and Pineapple.

Pre-packed pints, ice cream cakes, sundaes, and ice cream cupcakes are also available.

Dave's Hawaiian Ice Cream: Click here for locations.

Matsumoto's | Source

M.Matsumoto Store

A visit to the North Shore of Oahu would not be complete without a visit to M. Matsumoto's Store, known to most as simply Matsumoto's.

With an abundance of shave ice flavors to choose from, Matsumoto's also offers customers the option to add vanilla ice cream, azuki beans, and condensed milk to their icy treats.

Long lines are the norm at Matsumoto's, regardless if it's rain or shine, but it's well worth the wait, and it's the perfect way to end a day at the beach on the North Shore of Oahu.

M.Matsumoto Store: 66-087 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI, 96712, (808)637-4827

Scoop of Paradise
Scoop of Paradise | Source

Scoop of Paradise

When people think of a cool treat on the North Shore of Oahu, they automatically think of "shave ice," but more and more people are discovering there's another delicious and cool treat to be enjoyed on the North Shore - gourmet ice cream from Scoop of Paradise.

The lively ice cream shop, adorned with kitschy souvenirs and gifts, offers mouth-watering flavors, such as Lilikoi Cheesecake, Blue Moon Over Waimea, Triple Crown Chocolate, and Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Enjoy a scoop (or two) of Scoop of Paradise's gourmet ice cream for a great way to end your visit on the North Shore.

Scoop of Paradise: 66-145 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712, (808) 637-3456

Ailana Shave Ice
Ailana Shave Ice | Source

Ailana Shave Ice

Shave ice always hits the spot on a beautiful day in Hawaii, and Ailana Shave Ice has plenty of flavors and shave ice concoctions to indulge your sweet tooth.

Flavors such as Strawberry, Dreamsicle, Vanilla, and Root Beer are popular flavors, and many times customers opt for one of Ailana's homemade flavors, such as Lilikoi, Mango, Papaya, or Green Tea.

For a really special treat, try one of Ailana's special shave ice desserts, such as the Peanut Butter Caramel - Peanut Butter, Choco Fudge, Ice Cream, and Condensed Milk, or the Uji Kintoki - Green Tea, Azuki Bean, Ice Cream, Mochi, and Condensed Milk.

Ailana Shave Ice: 1430 Kona Street, Suite 102, Honolulu, HI 96814; 808-955-8881

City Cafe
City Cafe | Source

City Cafe

City Cafe, a rather tiny shop in Honolulu, is popular for its Smoothies and Shave Ice, but it's most well-known for their Teas with Tapioca Pearls, otherwise known as Bubble Teas.

A variety of iced and milk teas are available to choose from, such as Honey Jasmine Green, Lychee Black Tea, Almond Milk, and Vanilla Milk, and you can add Tapioca Pearls to any of these drinks.

If Shave Ice is what you're craving, choose from such flavors as Strawberry, Root Beer, and Vanilla, and top with your choice of toppings, such as Azuki Beans, Mochi Balls, Grass Jelly, Ice Cream, or Tapioca Pearls.

City Cafe: 1518-F Makaloa St, Honolulu, HI 96814, (808) 398-7598

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this delicious share

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Yum. Those look delicious. I would love to go to one of those shops.

    • HawaiiHeart profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      harmony155 - That is so true! Love the Dole Whips!

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      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Pineapple icecream at the Dole plantation is a must!


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