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.
Maybe you are visiting Historic Haleiwa Town and you would rather spend your afternoon on a white sand beach instead of standing in a long line outside of Matsumoto’s. If that’s the case then Tropical Rush located at 62-620 Kamehameha Highway is a lesser known shop that serves delicious Hawaiian Shave Ice without the crowds. Walk right in to the air conditioned shop and head straight to the shave ice booth. There is never a long wait, but there is definitely a long list of flavors.
On the other side of the island, Honolulu is home to Dave’s Hawaiian Ice Cream Parlor. At 611 Kapahulu you can order shave ice by itself or on top of one of many unique ice cream flavors. For example, instead of plain vanilla you can choose lilikoi, ube (sweet potato), or kulolo (taro).
Do not fear if you aren’t on Oahu and you crave shave ice. The neighbor islands have their own favorite sweet spots. On Maui try Annie’s Island Shave Ice at 113 Prison Street in Lahaina. Kaua’i’s Kapa’a Shopping Center at 4-1105 Kuhio Highway is home to Hawaiian Blizzard. And of course Itsu’s Fishing Supplies, Inc. at 810 Pi’ilani Street in Hilo is a local favorite.
Try one, try them all. After all, you’re in Hawaii. The best place in the world to enjoy Hawaiian Shave Ice!
Written by Heather Stever