A Guide to Oahu’s Ono Shave Ice

Author 08-10-2016

 
By
far the tastiest way to beat the summer heat is with Hawaiian shave ice. Shave
ice is a Japanese tradition, first brought to Hawaii many years ago by Japanese
immigrants. It only takes one shave ice indulgence to understand why it is in a
dessert league of its own, separate from snow cones, Italian ice, and other
frozen treats. Between the texture of the ice (interestingly enough, this makes
a huge difference in the experience) and the tantalizing tropical flavors such
as lilikoi, pina colada, and guava, there is no better summertime snack.
While you can depend on almost any Hawaiian shave ice stand, these are our very
favorite shave ice spots on Oahu:
 

Waiola
Shave Ice

Do
not let the somewhat shabby exterior fool you: Waiola makes top-notch shave
ice. Like many authentic Hawaiian food establishments, its appearance is
low-key, and all of the staff energy goes into the food itself. Part of what
makes this place so special is all of their creative additions to the shave
ice, such as li-hing sauce and mochi balls. Don’t miss Waoila if you’re staying
in Honolulu or Waikiki!

 

Matsumoto’s

Taking
a trip to the North Shore? Make sure to stop through Haleiwa, and pick up
world-famous Matsumoto’s shave ice. This is one place that really lives up to
the hype. Matsumoto’s is a humble family business that refuses to franchise and
continues to make arguably the most melt-in-your-mouth shave ice on Oahu. You
simply cannot go wrong here, and their shave ice is a perfect midday snack
during your day on the North Shore.

 

Shimazu

This
cash-only establishment is another charming mom and pop spot in Honolulu. Known
for their wild flavors and large portions, Shimazu is a great choice if you
really want to dig into a hearty helping of sweet shave ice. Parking can be
tough, but it’s worth the hassle!

Don’t
forget to add ice cream and azuki beans to your shave ice to make it even more
authentic and delicious, and just remember: a shave ice a day keeps the heat
away!

 
 

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Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at
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Susie Bowman