Many claim that Hawaii is the birthplace of shave ice: The frosty delicacy loved by both the young and young at heart. If you’re planning a visit to the island of Oahu, you’re in luck! There’s no better place to sample Hawaii’s favorite sweet treat. Oahu is perpetually bathed in warm sunshine, making shave ice a great option for cooling down year-round. Here, you’ll discover several stands and shops that serve some of the best shave ice on Oahu. Keep reading for a list of the best places to try this specialty!
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Cool Down at These Top Spots for Shave Ice on Oahu
Shave ice is an iconic Hawaiian treat. With its creamy, soft consistency and countless flavors, Hawaiian shave ice is considered by some a culinary art. Here are just a few of our favorite places to enjoy this tasty treat on the island of Oahu!
Aoki’s Shave Ice
This shop has been family-owned for four generations. It’s a fantastic place to go for a classic cup of true Hawaiian shave ice. Aoki’s Shave Ice is in the heart of Haleiwa Town on the North Shore of Oahu. Visit any day of the week between 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Island Vintage Shave Ice
Island Vintage Shave Ice is an extension of Island Vintage Coffee. You’ll find two stands on the South Shore of Oahu: One in the Royal Hawaiian Center and one in the Ala Moana Shopping Center. Their commitment to quality is clear upon tasting the first bite—soft, creamy, and with a focus on natural ingredients.
The Local Hawaii
For a refreshing, all-natural shave ice or craft soda, visit The Local Hawaii. The flavors at this shop are made from locally-grown fruit, and you can truly taste the difference!
Matsumoto Shave Ice
Matsumoto Shave Ice has been in the business since 1951! Their popularity is well-earned, and one of their frozen treats is sure to be a great complement to a hot, sunny day.
Shimazu Store Shave Ice
As a local favorite, Shimazu Store crafts delicious shave ice with over 70 handcrafted syrups. You can also try some flavored popcorn and Halo-halo (a shave ice sundae) here!
Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha
Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha prides itself on “crafting Hawaii’s most iconic snack to culinary perfection.” Their syrups are homemade with ingredients like fresh Hawaiian fruits, fruit purees, and natural cane sugar. This establishment avoids artificial flavors or sweeteners of any kind and strives to source ingredients produced in Hawaii. You can grab one of their tasty creations at one of two locations: The Ala Moana Shopping Center or their original spot in Honolulu.
Waiola Shave Ice
With so many flavor combination possibilities, Waiola Shave Ice in Waikiki has a unique flavor for everyone! Waiola is a mom-and-pop shop, so the attention to detail is exceptional. This shop’s shave ice has a soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture and a refreshing taste. Please note that this is a cash-only establishment, so be sure to have some on hand!
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