Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Shave Ice- Oahu

Island Snow- Kailua

YUM! This place really had the "powdery ice" you always hear described. Every flake was fluffy and light and didn't stick together at all. It was easy to scoop, it melted with deliciousness, and the flavor was amazing. I asked the guy to give me whatever was the best and I got lilikoi, pineapple, and mango. (Kailua Beach Ctr, Kailua, HI 96734, 808-263-6339)

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Waiola Shave Ice

A close tie for second for me (my husband insists it was #1), this incredibly remote spot had ice the same consistency as cotton candy. I tried their classic rainbow combination with blue vanilla (YUM), banana, and strawberries, with mochi balls. Delicious is just the only way to describe it. They're located on the side of a building in a residential area of Honolulu. (2135 Waiola St., 808-949-2269)

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Giovanni's Shrimp Shack

I don't actually remember if this place had a separate name and/or business than Giovanni's Shrimp Shack, but it was located in a trailer next to it. Delicious! Super flake ice, and plenty of syrup. It was the most expensive of all the places, but well worth it. I got the blue Hawaii, pineapple, and strawberry here. (83 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, HI 96731)

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International Market Place, Honolulu

Another delicious and flakey icy treat that I devoured on the beach. Blue Hawaii, pineapple, and passion fruit goodness!

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Matsumoto Shave Ice

Although this is perhaps the most famous shave ice spot on the island, it has a big thumbs down for me. There was nothing special about it for me. The ice was not fluffy but difficult. Not horrible, but nothing to write home about. This was by far the most crowded of the all the spots, but really nothing special. (66-087 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712)

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Aiko Shave Ice

To be fair, the main reason I hated this cone was because of the Adzuki beans I tried- I don't know what the Hawaiians are thinking, these things are disgusting! I threw my cup away immediately. However, the shave ice itself was barely mediocre. The ice froze in clumps and the syrup drained well before I had a few bites. (66-117 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712)

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1 comment:

  1. Waiola Shave Ice = Win. Its a modern marvel that they make ice the same consistancy of cotton candy. And it melted slower then every other place. I still can't believe it. Maybe you'd like it better if you got Obama's rainbow flavor like me instead of the original rainbow :)

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