Enter the Shave Ice Debate
Shave ice—it’s not your average snow cone. Debates rage over which shack, shop or stand has the most finely shaven ice or perfectly crafted syrup. From haupia (coconut) to li hing mui (a salty, dried plum) to strawberry, shave ice flavors can be selected to fit anyone’s taste buds, making this icy treat the perfect ending to a sunny day at the beach.
On top of all of the delicious flavors available, local shave ice is often accompanied by ice cream, condensed milk or azuki beans. To try it local-style, add all three.
There are numerous options throughout the island: In Kona, try Scandinavian Shave Ice on the corner of Ali‘i Drive and Likana Lane; in Kamuela, visit Anuenue Shave Ice at the Kawaihae Harbor Shopping Center; or when in Hilo, check out Itsu’s Fishing Supplies, located at 810 Pi‘ilani St.