Shave Ice on Oahu

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wailoa_shave_iceMy husband and I traveled to Oahu for a vacation without the kids last week.  We spent eight glorious days eating our way through the island.  Even though we were traveling by ourselves, we often found ourselves talking about how much the kids would like something.  We eat numerous snow cones here during the Florida humidity highs and I know that shave ice is one of those things that our kids would have loved.  It is called shave ice, not shaved ice or a snow cone as my kids call it here (remember the Snoopy Snow Cone Maker!?!).  Shave ice is found in little stands, trucks, and stores all over Oahu.  Here are some of our favorites:

Wailoa Ice – This was probably our favorite shave ice experience.  It is located in Honolulu many blocks away from the main strip of hotels in Waikiki.  The shave ice was almost a creamy texture.  Luckily, I had seen pictures of the shave ice served here on different food and travel blogs before I went so I knew to make sure to order a small.  It was plenty for me!

Matsumoto Shave Ice – We stopped here at the end of a lengthy drive around the island.  It was nice to get out of the car but unfortunately the benches outside were very crowded so we ended up just taking our shave ice to the car and heading home. 


Down the road from Matsumoto Shave Ice is Aoki’s Shave Ice.  It is so close to Matsumoto Shave Ice, that people would park in the opposite parking area and walk to the other shave ice spot depending on his or her preference.  The benefit to visiting Aoki’s Shave Ice if given the choice between the two is that the lines are much smaller and the wait is shorter.  They also serve ice cream, smoothies, and shakes. 

Island Snow is supposedly where President Obama stops when he is traveling with his kids.  They even have a picture on the website of him hanging out with his girls and eating a shave ice.  

What about flavors?  They have a flavor to suite everyone’s tastes.  You will probably stand in front of the menu board for awhile before you decide!  My favorite of the week was the Liliko’i, which is passion fruit.  Be careful though because each shave ice spot has its own distinct flavors.  Liliko’i at Wailoa Ice does not taste the same as Liliko’i at Matsumoto Shave Ice.

Do you have a favorite shave ice spot on the island of Oahu?  Is there a shave ice or snow cone place somewhere else that you love?  Please share with us in the comment section!   

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