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141 Mamo St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
(808) 969-9191
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent shave ice

Until this past week when we discovered Original Big Island Shave Ice in Kawaihae, Wilson's has always been our favorite shave ice shop and it's still excellent. This was our first time at the new location - on a side road with on-street parking only but it was easy to find because there was a line... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
DiveGirl2014
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North Bend, Washington
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North Bend, Washington
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75 reviews 75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Until this past week when we discovered Original Big Island Shave Ice in Kawaihae, Wilson's has always been our favorite shave ice shop and it's still excellent. This was our first time at the new location - on a side road with on-street parking only but it was easy to find because there was a line out of the door.... More 

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Sacramento, California
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45 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Shave ice seems really simple but it depends on the blade and that it is fluffy like powder snow. This place made the best shave ice I have ever had. I had a simple lime and cherry that was great. When in Hilo I would stop by.

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Houston, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Enjoyed authentic shave ice - not that different from what we get at home in Texas - but we were in Hawaii, so it was as authentic as we could get! And a great treat on a hot and sticky day!

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San Francisco, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I'm not a shave ice expert, but I've had a downright memorable ice in Lahaina, and Wilson's did not compare. It was all right and made a nice treat nonetheless.

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New York City, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Yummy shaved ice, nice people. Great on a hot day! Stopped here after a stroll through the Hilo's Farmer's Market. Fun for kids to see how the ice is made.

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Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

It is small place but the attendant was cheery and friendly! Had three different flavours in one shaved ice. I think I chose the smallest size available as we got there right after our lunch, but it was still huge!! Must visit place for travellers and tourists visiting Hilo. Excellent experience all around!!!

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Eldridge, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

I enjoyed my coconut flavored shave ice with ice cream in the middle and coconut cream on top. Small size was good sized. We drove by three different times on our visit to Hilo, finally got lucky on a Saturday afternoon. Four shave ices came to just under $12. I would return and get another. A cool and tasty treat!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Wilson's by the Bay in downtown Hilo is a small "hole in the wall" that serves only shaved ice. After sampling shaved ice on 3 Hawaiian islands, this is the best. The ice is smooth, almost the consistency of ice cream. the syrups are great - not too sweet with great flavor. You get your choice of 3 flavors for... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Seriously the best. Have to get it "with cream" which is a sweetened condensed milk on top. Went to Kona side a few days later, have tried others, and wish we were at Wilson's! None compare

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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We had a child size cone here. It was nit that great. The syrup taste was so strong it mass it not so refreshing. It also made the ice treat feel heavy. I don't think we will go back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 141 Mamo St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: (808) 969-9191

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Dessert
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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