Having Hawaiian shave ice in Hawaii is like experiencing a cannoli
New York, or Sourdough Bread in San Francisco. It is as iconic as
of the best Honolulu attractions.
No Oahu vacation is
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!
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.
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!
They along with others have put smiles on millions of faces over the
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!
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!
Be prepared to stand in a long line outside the door in the heat
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.
66-087 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa HI - Phone (808) 637-4827
Open daily from 9am to 6pm - Check out more at MatsumotoShaveIce.com
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 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!
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
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’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!
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.
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
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…!
Kapahulu, Honolulu, HI - Phone (808) 737-5591
Open 5:30 to 9pm Daily - Check out more at LeonardsHawaii.com
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