Hawaiian Shave Ice

Having Hawaiian shave ice in Hawaii is like experiencing a cannoli in New York, or Sourdough Bread in San Francisco.  It is as iconic as some of the best Honolulu attractions.  No Oahu vacation is complete without indulging in this frozen Hawaii shave ice treat!  Don't miss the best of Oahu spots, including Waiola Shave Ice, Shimazu Store, and the famous Matsumoto Shave Ice!


Hawaiian Shave Ice

Make you own Hawaiian shaved ice!  

Weather you want to make some snowcones  for the family, a party, or much larger events, there are some great choices these days with theadvancement in machinary that make this treat...and here are a few worth considering:
For the kids & famlily - Hawaiian Shaved Ice S9000A $
Small/Medium size parties - Electric Hawaiian Shaved Ice Shaver $$
Large events - The Acrtic Blast Snocone Machine $$$
Cones & Straws and 10 Flavored Syrups

Hawaii Shave Ice History


Shave ice has carved its place on Oahu, and put smiles on faces since the 1940’s.  It was a simple snow cone with basic flavors such as orange, lime, cherry, and grape.

North Shore Shave Ice

We should give credit to the early Japanese grocery store establishments, and Hawaiian shave ice shops such as Matsumoto’s Shave Ice on the North Shore and Waiola Shave Ice in Waikiki, who helped pioneer this treat, and created a desire and passion for what it is today!

Hawaii Shave Ice



They along with others have put smiles on millions of faces over the decades!

In the 80’s new tropical flavors surfaced such as mango, lilikoi (passion fruit), and guava.

Hawaiian shave ice became magical when a scoop of vanilla ice cream was placed at the bottom of the cup before piling the snow on top.  As the sweet flavors drip there way down the cup and blended with the ice cream, you can imagine the treat that awaits you!



Today Hawaii shave ice establishments continue to push the envelope with flavors & toppings, and create some of the most amazing creations Oahu has ever seen!


Best Oahu Hawaiian Shave Ice Spots


Matsumoto’s Shave Ice


Matsumoto Shave Ice

We gotta give it up for the longest running North Shore Hawaiian shave ice shop.  Motsomoto’s Shave Ice has been in business since 1951, and for many good reasons still in business! 

When you arrive in Oahu, it’s a ritual to head to the North Shore and specifically stop at Matsumoto’s in Haleiwa to get your hands on a shave ice!

Matsumoto Shave Ice




Be prepared to stand in a long line outside the door in the heat when you arrive…but it’s all part of the experience.




There’s a laundry list of great flavors to choose from including cotton candy, guava, honeydew, creamy coconut, and white cake.

Matsumoto Shave Ice






Select your flavors carefully, because you can only choose up to 3!  I’m still a sucker for mango, likikoi, and Pina Colada –yum!




Location:  66-087 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa HI - Phone (808) 637-4827
Open daily from 9am to 6pm - Check out more at MatsumotoShaveIce.com


Waiola Shave Ice


Waiola Shave Ice

Motsumoto’s might be king of the North Shore, but Waiola Shave Ice is the longest running establishment on the island, since 1940.  Town side locals will swear you have to go no further than Waikiki to satisfy your craving!

Waiola Shave Ice


Waiola Shave Ice has perfected the art of making this icy treat.  Today there are 2 stores the upper Waikiki/Kamaki area to help tackle the lines.  Adding sweat azuki beans or tapioca pearls with the vanilla ice cream to the bottom of the cones, pushes the envelope to greatness.

For under $3.00 you can get a pretty tall cone.  Start adding fancy flavors such as Blue Hawaii, Green Tea, Creamsicle, POG, or Pineapple, will run you a whopping .25 cents a flavor.  Don’t forget to go crazy on the toppings such as snow caps, caramel, or Hershey Chocolate…each running you an extra .50 cents!



Waiola Shave Ice






Don’t forget to sample the large display of Crack Seed inside the store.  It’s hard to describe, other than seasoned dried fruit.  It’s a local sweat and sour treat to suck on, so give it a try!



Location: 3113 Mokihana St., Honolulu HI (across from Safeway Grocery, off Kapahulu St)  Phone: (808) 735-8886 - Check out more Waiola Shave Ice reviews

Open:  7:30 to 6pm weekdays, except opening at 10am on Sundays


Shimazu Store


Hawaiian Shave Ice

Leave it to the hole in the wall operation, located in an undesirable location with no parking or seating, to possible serve the best Hawaiian shave ice on the island!

Shimazu Shave Ice




Shimazu’s is known for their mountain size of light powdery snow and special flavors, such as Red Velvet Cake, Café Late, Lemon Drop, and don’t miss their Banana Fosters!

Shimazu Shave Ice





Add some incredible toppings such as Creamy Haupia (creamy coconut), Li Hing Powder, or dulce de leche that will put you over the edge!






There are other noteworthy treats in the store to discover, such as their special flavored popcorns.

Shimazu Shave Ice

They open up in the late afternoons and lines tend to be long, so have some patience and know that the reward is worth it!

NEW Kapahulu Location:  3111 Castle St, in Hawaii's Favorite Kitchen
Open daily 10am to 7pm, (808) 744-0465

Location:  330 North School St, Kalihi HI, (808) 371-8899
Open daily 11am to 6pm, except closed on Mondays.  Check out Shimazu's reviews


Other Onolicious Treats on Oahu


Leonard’s Bakery


Leonards Hot Malasadas


Fresh hot malasadas from Leonard’s Bakery is both a locals and tourists (the fortunate ones) favorite, and it just might top Hawaiian shave ice.  “I can never get enough of these delicious hot malasadas” are commonly spoken words.


If you’re not familiar already, a malasada is a light fluffy Portuguese style donut dusted with sugar.  They’re hard to resist when eaten fresh out of the fryer.

Today Leonard’s Bakery continues to evolve this magical treat, and offers incredible fillings such as chocolate haupia, guava, and mango.

If only they could find a way to combine the flavor of fresh malasada into a shave ice…!

Location:  933 Kapahulu, Honolulu, HI - Phone (808) 737-5591
Open 5:30 to 10pm Daily - Check out more...


Ted’s Pies


Teds Bakery Pies


Located on the North Shore and distributed in some local supermarkets are Ted’s Pies.  Not to be confused with any usual dessert pie, but local tropical flavors with a punch!

If you’re headed to the North Shore (near Sunset Beach), it’s worth stopping by.



You can pick up a slice or go for a whole pie…not an easy decision!  Haupia and Macadamia Nut are a two of many great flavors!


Location:  59-024 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa HI - Phone (808) 638-8207

Open 7am to 8pm Daily - Check out more at Tedsbakery.com



Aloha & Enjoy!!


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