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Matsumoto Shave Ice

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66-087 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96791
808 637-4827
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Legendary shave ice but be ready to line up

Love this place, live the history of Matsumoto's shave ice but hated the fact everyone wants to go as well so expect to line up for 20 mins. They do try hard to minimize the waiting but it is what it is. Shave ice for 3 of us was only $8.25 but if you want souvenirs (let's face it, people... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Johnnyceecee
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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Pennsylvania, United States
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

You can get shave ice at other places without a wait, but make sure you go here at least once. The line moves fairly quickly and there are menus available so you can look and decide while you wait. So many flavors to choose from and you can get up to 3 on your shave ice. We all chose Hawaiian... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Long line but we'll organized and moves quickly. Great selection. Very refreshing. Lots to do while waiting. On the list to do again.

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Saginaw, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We had to try shaved ice in Hawaii. This was a great choice. We heard good things and they did not disappoint. The line was quite long but they kept things moving. The Strawberry cream was yummy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Love this place, live the history of Matsumoto's shave ice but hated the fact everyone wants to go as well so expect to line up for 20 mins. They do try hard to minimize the waiting but it is what it is. Shave ice for 3 of us was only $8.25 but if you want souvenirs (let's face it, people... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Ok, so it has been 25 years since I've visited the island. But a whole town and shopping area built up around Matsumoto's? LOL!!! The old store is closed but still standing. The new store has the same wonderful shave ice and t-shirts. It also has LOTS more tchotchkes and souvenirs. A drive to the north shore STILL isn't complete... More 

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Honolulu
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Great, traditional shaved ice served with larger than expected servings for the price! Slightly chemical/snow cone taste at times. The restaurant can be hard to find and is nestled in behind the now abandoned Matsumoto's General store. It is not visible from the highway.

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Superior, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I grew up loving snow cones and then hating them because they sat on top of paper that ripped and the juice that puddled to the bottom leaving you with a big chunk of plain ice that hurt your teeth. My husband and I went here not expecting much so we ordered a $3 bowl with up to 3 flavor... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This was a fun treat - the small is big enough for two to share. We had ice cream with the shave ice. Had three flavors - all good.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Had to wait in line for 20 minutes but the shave ice was worth the wait. Try the Matsumoto special. Hard to say if it's worth the hype, but definitely tasty.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

It was a pretty long wait for typical shaved ice. While the price is reasonable, you can probably get the same quality at any of the shaved ice places all over the island. They do have lots of flavors to choose from though.

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Additional Information about Matsumoto Shave Ice

Address: 66-087 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96791
Phone Number: 808 637-4827
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Haleiwa
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Cuisine: Hawaiian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 66-087 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96791
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Haleiwa
  • Phone Number: 808 637-4827

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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