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Jo Jo's Shave Ice

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9734 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
+1 951-852-9026
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Dining options: Drinks, 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
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Shave Ice is an island "must do" and this is a good stop if you are in Waimea. The shop was steadily busy which, to me is a good sign. We enjoyed our shave ice and found it a good value and a tasty treat.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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  • Families with children
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southern california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Oh my. Great shave ice. Try one of the specialties with ice cream at the bottom. My three favorite flavors are lillikoi, mango and guava, with mac-nut ice cream at the bottom.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Shave Ice is an island "must do" and this is a good stop if you are in Waimea. The shop was steadily busy which, to me is a good sign. We enjoyed our shave ice and found it a good value and a tasty treat.

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

My girlfriend and I got shaved ice just about everyday we were in Kauai. They make for a tasty after lunch dessert! We especially LOVED the shaved ice that had the macadamia nut ice cream!! It's amazing!

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Albany, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This small popular shop can get quite busy as it was this sunny warm Sunday afternoon. We waited a good 20 minutes for our turn to order but the wait was worth it. Shave ice is a special treat that has to be experienced and at Jo Jo's they do it right. Try one of their specials with a scoop... More 

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Dupont, Washington
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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This is very confusing. There are two JoJo's shave ice in Waimea on the island of Kauai within the same block. To add to the confusion, TripAdvisor has the "real" Jo Jo's--that would be Jo Jo's Anuenue--listed under Waimea on the big island of Hawaii. (There are also two Waimea's.) As I understand it, the original institution of Jo Jo's... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This a great place to get a treat----delicious and filling. The best shaved ice on the island! You won't regret stopping here. The lines can be long but worth the wait----guaranteed!

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North Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This is a must stop. Shave ice at it's best. We ordered the Colada Special & the Fruity Special, both had macadamia nut ice cream on the bottom. Heaven on earth!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Our family is now in low with Shaved Iced and no other shaved ice with ice cream in the middle & sweetened condensed milk poured over the top compares to this place. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Can't wait to go back! It's quite and staff is pretty quiet too unless you leave the... More 

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Owasso, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed the shave ice. Mine had macadamia nut ice cream on the bottom and cream on top, his was just syrup. It was quiet while we were there. The place seems run down, and there were multiple teenagers behind the counter. It was a little uncomfortable waiting for our orders. I heard them say they had... More 

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Ijamsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Get the #3 - it is so good! The macadamia nut ice cream on the bottom and coconut cream on top is heavenly!

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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, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children

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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