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Matsumoto Shave Ice

66-087 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96791
808 637-4827
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Ranked #20 of 60 Restaurants in Haleiwa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Takeout, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Takeout, Dessert
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Santa Clara, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Matsumoto's is the original shave ice parlor and when you're up here you have to stand in that line at least once. Plus, the price is way better than most shaved ice places that have sprouted up and down the island since. A must do in the North Shore.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

There's a reason it's still around... It's great shave ice! We've been going here for years- 15 to be exact. It's great customer service with friendly girls who work fast to serve their big crowds. Tons of flavors and it is super cheap. Great, great, great shave ice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is the place that started it all for me years ago. It's always nice to try something a day when you do start off at the best.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I was raised on this stuff as a kid, when we were stationed on O'ahu! Now having experienced the midwest's "Sno Cones" and the east coasts "Snowballs"...they're not shave ice. And they're most definitely not Matsumoto's. Might I suggest Li hing mui? Always a traditional delight! Even my husband, who was very skeptical, adored the shave ice!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I never understood why a shave ice store would have a line out the door. It didn't matter the day or time - Sunday afternoon, yep theres a line. Wednesday evening, yup still people flocking for some shave ice. But then I finally tried it and I understood the hype. Don't let the line discourage you, it moves fast and... More

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Centreville, Virginia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We drove and drove to get to Matsumoto, we waited in line (which moved incredibly quick) and then had our first bite of shaved ice. After all the the great reviews, I thought, really? Could it be that good? Yep, it's that good. So good that we drove for an hour and half the next day to take our friends.... More

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Pittstown, NJ
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58 reviews 58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

Long lines await because this shave ice is the best. The consistency is better than alternates and flavoring has more choices and just tastes more robust. Ordering is even different but they have it down to a science. Order a combo or at least three flavored to get the most colorful, delicious flavor ice on the North Shore!

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Mission Viejo, California
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114 reviews 114 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This place has 1 person taking the orders, another filling the shaved ice and another adding the flavors. The lines are long but move fast. Get the ice cream on the bottom!!! WOW! You need to pay the extra 30 cents for a plastic protector outside the cone to minimize drips. Loved it. the sell lots of Tshirts as well.

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

Had to try it out and it was definately worth the wait in line. Very organized and the line goes fast. Many flavours to choose from. If you're in Haleiwa and need something cool, this is the place.

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Los Angeles, California
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127 reviews 127 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

On a drive on the North Side of Oahu with my cousin, we stopped by the renown Matsumoto Shave Ice on his recommendation. His daughter once drove all the way from Honolulu only for this Shave Ice. Judging by the length of the line, it is a very popular place for Shave Ice. Unfortunately, my wife and I had already... More

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