Make your own Hawaiian shaved ice

Ok, by now it has been a few months since you visited the Hawaiian Islands and you long for the breathtaking views of the sparkling blue pacific, the aromatic smell of plumeria first thing in the morning, but most of all you miss the cool refreshing taste of Hawaiian shave ice.

Fear not, you don’t have to buy a plane ticket just to recapture the taste of shave ice. You can make it right in your own home. It is a relatively easy process that requires only two ingredients: Ice and flavored syrup. Learn more about Hawaiian shaved ice »

Where to Get Hawaiian Shaved Ice

A very popular Hawaiian shaved stand

A very popular Hawaiian shave ice stand

So you’re in Hawaii. Maybe you live here or you are just here for a visit. On these hot summer days it is nice to pop into a local kine shop to cool down and grind on some Hawaiian shave ice, but where do you go?

O’ahu is the most populated island and therefore has the most options for Hawaiian Shave Ice. Judging by the endless line out the door every time you pass this North Shore spot, it is safe to say that Matsumoto’s Shave Ice at 66-087 Kamehameha Highway in Haleiwa is O’ahu’s most popular shave ice vendor. Their prices are reasonable and their varieties of flavors are all homemade. I guess that is why Matsumoto’s Shave Ice is famous and always worth the wait. Learn more about Hawaiian shaved ice »

The History of Shave Ice

Happy girl about to eat Hawaiian shaved ice

Happy girl about to eat Hawaiian shaved ice

The History of Hawaiian Shave Ice dates back to the sugar plantation days of old Hawaii. Thousand’s of Japanese immigrants flocked to Hawaii to work on the plantations and with them they brought a frozen treat that is now known as shave ice.

The frozen confection that they introduced to the Hawaiian Islands was not a new concept. In Japan shave ice is called Kakigori and it dates back to the Heian period running from 794 to 1185 A.D. During that time the ice was brought down from the mountains in the winter and stored in a cave called ‘Himuro’ in Japanese and means ‘Ice room’. At that time ice was considered rare and shave ice was a luxury, a treat reserved for royalty only. Learn more about Hawaiian shaved ice »