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Jo Jo's Shave Ice

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American, Dessert, Hawaiian
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9734 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
+1 951-852-9026
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Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Drinks, Dessert, Lunch, Takeout
Description: We are the original JoJo's! Although we have expanded with a second...
We are the original JoJo's! Although we have expanded with a second location in Hanalei, our goal has remained the same - to offer the ultimate in shave ice on Kauai! We don't use commercially made syrups that most of the others buy. Instead we carefully make our own syrups with a lot less sugar but even more flavor. No corn syrup. Only pure cane sugar and some of the freshest Hawaiian flavors. Combine this with our JoJo's "da secret sauce" i.e. homemade creams, countless flavor combinations/add-on's, one of the greatest shave ice machines and you've got unmatched fluffy shave ice! In addition, we are committed to giving half of our profits to Makanalani, a camp for less privileged youth right here on the Island! We love our community just as much as they love us! Come in today and see why our shave ice is a local and tourist favorite! Mahalo!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Large and delicious

Really large serving of tasty shave ice. Try the specials from the board behind the register. Easily could be eaten by two. Ambiance is not good, but the delicious treat is worth the stop.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
Steve S
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Palm Springs, California, United States
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  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Everett, PA
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

On our way to the beach, we saw this cute little place. A great place to stop, cool off and get some awesome shave ice. Very friendly staff.

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Livermore, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We went to Jo Jo's in Hanalei and wow it this stuff good. You've got to get the combination with the ice cream and cream on top. Small size is plenty and makes the ice cream last a long time.

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SLC
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111 reviews 111 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I was really disappointed in this shave ice. I got the large with the mac/nut ice cream in the bottom. I was excited to have shave ice, but this was not great. The ice was compacted down so that it was more like a snow cone. the syrup had drained out of the top, so that I just ended up... More 

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Palm Springs, California, United States
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95 reviews 95 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Really large serving of tasty shave ice. Try the specials from the board behind the register. Easily could be eaten by two. Ambiance is not good, but the delicious treat is worth the stop.

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Austin, TX
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

On a past visit, we had gotten shave ice from Jo Jo's in Waimea, but now there is also a Jo Jo's in Hanalei which we tried on our recent visit. Yum!!! So many flavors to choose from. If you've never tried shave ice in Hawaii, you MUST try it next time! It isn't like anything I've ever tried before.... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This was the best Hawaiian ice that we had on our time in Hawaii (Kauai & Oahu). This particular shop, especially. I can't remember the name of the combo I got, but go for the coconut & pineapple with mac nut ice cream and haupia cream. So amazing!

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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This was our first experience with Shave Ice while on our trip. It ended up being pretty good, but the $8 I spent, after adding ice cream, ended up being the most we spent on shave ice during our whole trip. The service was just okay, but it was being run by very young people. Apparently the labor laws in... More 

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Fairfax, VA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I ordered a snow shave for a mere $4 and got two huge piles of shaved vanilla ice. Delicious but the favorings looked artificial. Vanilla was blue. Still if you're looking for a sugar high, you enjoy shave ice (without the "d") and there's a bunch of kids to feed, this is the place.

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Calgary, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

No one does ice and syrup better than Jo Jo's!! Their ice has the perfect texture and they are not shy when it comes to syrup. Their list of flavours is long and perhaps overwhelming but who doesn't like choices. Although they are famous for their shave ice you must try the strawberry ice cream..... INCREDIBLE!!!

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Shaved ice was good & ice cream was even better. $ was a little high, but isn't everything in Hawaii. It would be nice if there were bathrooms nearby that were open.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9734 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Waimea
  • Phone Number: +1 951-852-9026

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Dessert, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

We are the original JoJo's! Although we have expanded with a second location in Hanalei, our goal has remained the same - to offer the ultimate in shave ice on Kauai! We don't use commercially made syrups that most of the others buy. Instead we carefully make our own syrups with a lot less sugar but even more flavor. No corn syrup. Only pure cane sugar and some of the freshest Hawaiian flavors. Combine this with our JoJo's "da secret sauce" i.e. homemade creams, countless flavor combinations/add-on's, one of the greatest shave ice machines and you've got unmatched fluffy shave ice! In addition, we are committed to giving half of our profits to Makanalani, a camp for less privileged youth right here on the Island! We love our community just as much as they love us! Come in today and see why our shave ice is a local and tourist favorite! Mahalo!

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