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Hawaii Shave Ice

Updated on February 9, 2017

Mainlanders call them snow cones, but in Hawaii the coolest treat around is shave ice. It is not shaved ice, rather just shave ice !

For those taking a drive around the islands, or trying to cool off after a day on the beach, nothing hits the spot like shave ice.

It is snow! No, it is a drink, and you can eat it with a spoon straw!

Regarding shave ice, Matsumoto Shave Ice is a North Shore Treasure.

It is nearly impossible to go past the small shop without stopping and indulging. Matsumotos is a family business which has been in operation since 1951.

There are photos on the walls of famous Americans, Japanese and others. Here is just a few of the names on the walls: Tom Hanks, Kristi Yamaguchi, Jason Scott Lee, Megumi Oishi, and Junichi Ishida.

How Shave Ice is Made

The ice is actually shaved off a big block right in front of you into a fine powder so it's easy to eat. Then it's topped with any one of countless exotic tropical fruit flavors, and sometimes questionable ones like root beer and bubblegum.

You can have a scoop of ice cream in the bottom, or have them throw in some Azuki beans . That may sound a little strange to you, but in Asia they are Japanese sweets.

Azuki Beans comes from the Far East. They are prepared by boiling till the beans softens, some sugar is added. Azuki beans go into the cone shaped cup first then the Shave Ice above it. Of course, they are optional, but you should give it a try.

You can have up to three (3) flavors of your choice per Shave Ice and all of their flavors are home made.

A markerMatsumoto's Shave Ice -
66-87 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA
get directions

(808) 637-4827

Waiola Shave Ice

Of course, one shave ice spot would not be enough for all of Hawaii, so here is another favorite. There is no point on driving all the way out to North Shore even thought they are $2.00 cheaper (it will cost more than that for the gasoline)

The employees are friendly, and the ice comes out so fine you can barely taste the texture allowing the flavors to explode in your mouth. You may have multiple brain gasms otherwise known as brain freeze. You can't go wrong with Strawberry or Watermelon paired with ice cream and condensed milk.

A markerWaiola Shave Ice -
Waiola St & Paani St, Honolulu, HI 96826, USA
get directions

(808) 949-2269

Ululani's Shave Ice

If you are in Maui, they also have truly "ONO" (Delicious) and "No Ka Oi" (The Best) Shave Ice ever.

Ululani uses only pure cane sugar and filtered purified water.

The minute Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice dissolves in your mouth, you will definitely feel the LOVE

A markerUlulani's Hawaiian Shave Ice -
819 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
get directions

(360) 609-5678


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  • elayne001 profile image

    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    When your hot, shave ice does the trick. Thanks for your comments pmccray.

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    pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

    What a delectable treat on a hot summers day. The pictures look so yummy.

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    peacegirl101 7 years ago

    Yummy! :)

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    peacegirl101 7 years ago

    Oh ok ! I'll try something like that next time instead of plain Strawberry, Thanks! aloha

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    It is all about the flavor - try something tropical next time instead of strawberry - passion fruit, mango, or lychee are my favs.

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    peacegirl101 7 years ago

    Oh! the one i had didnt have ice cream at the bottem, And i think the flavor was some kind of Strawberry swirled with yellow stuff they called Lemon. Honestly to say, i didn't like it AT ALL. Can't wait to try one that has ice cream at the bottom ( i LOVE ice cream :) ) it sounds yummy! =D Thanks! aloha

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    It pretty much depends on what flavors you add together in your shave ice, and if you have ice cream in the bottom - then it is unforgettable.

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    peacegirl101 7 years ago

    Nice hub! though i never really been a fan of shaved ice, I'll try it again, especially when i go to Hawaii!! Thanks! Aloha

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad you like it technorican (cool name btw). Thanks for your comments.

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    technorican 7 years ago from Houston

    I'm drooling for those delicious cool treats!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    That's great SteveoMc - and gotta hit the shrimp trucks too while your at it!

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    SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

    Ok, next vacation will be to the shaved ice capital. I gotta experience that Hawaii heat and shaved ice.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    guess you will have to come back and have some loriamoore. You have missed out on a little of the culture here - but I know it takes a while and it is hard to soak in everything.

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    loriamoore 7 years ago

    It's so weird, but I've been to Hawaii twice and never noticed any Shave Ice places, but people in the continental USA rave about it.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    So true LianaK. You will have to get shave ice when you visit Hawaii. We can go together.

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    LianaK 7 years ago

    Shave ice is awesome! Seriously getting homesick now :). Love all the wonderful foods in Hawaii! Great hub.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Each to their own In the Doghouse. Takes some getting used to. Thanks for your comments.

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    In The Doghouse 7 years ago from California

    Love Matsumotos! But leave out the beans please! Great Hub.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks bayoulady. Although Hawaii is a part of America, it has very distinctive cultures and traditions as you can tell. Glad you are enjoying learning about them. Aloha.

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    bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

    love your hubs, Lord knows I'll never get to the island, but you sure give us a little shave of life from your beautiful state!(pun intended )ono!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad you enjoyed my shave ice hub Hello, hello. It is delish (ono in Hawaiian)!

    That is right drbj - it is pigeon - half american and half hawaiian - the hawaiian words all end in a vowel - hence, no "d". Aloha from Hawaii.

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    drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

    It's shave ice, not shaved ice in Hawaii? I learn something every time I read one of your "ono" hubs, Ruth.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Gosh, that is something fascinating ro read about it. Thank you.


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