What is the perfect sweet cold treat to break the heat of a sunny beach day? Shave Ice, for sure. Super-finely shaved ice is flavored with sweet flavored syrups and served with an ever-expanding variety of add-ons. There are shave ice places all over the island, including some regional stars like Island Snow in Kailua, Mastumotoʻs on the North Shore, Waiola Shave Ice in Honolulu, and Uncle Clayʻs House of Pure Aloha in Aina Haina. And itʻs not just about where to find it, but what to order when you get there.
A common starting point is the “rainbow shave ice” which usually features blue vanilla, red strawberry, and banana syrup poured in overlapping patterns so that all the colors of the iconic Hawaii rainbow are there on the cone. But donʻt be afraid to try the local specialties! Lychee, mango, lilikoi (passionfruit), are just a few of the favorite island flavors. And donʻt forget to order some of the special add ons like a snow-cap (sweetened condensed milk that creates a creamy top layer), azuki beans (for a Japanese flair), and most importantly – the scoop of ice cream at the bottom!