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130 Kailua Rd, Kailua, Oahu, HI
(808) 263-6339
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 7
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Oh Yeah! This is Real Shave Ice

Notice it's shave ice not shaved ice. Any store that says they have real Hawaiian shaved ice doesn't know what they're doing. The Island Snow crew know what they're doing. My wife and I each had a scoop of macadamia nut ice cream placed below the shave ice. then we had mango, vanilla, and coffee... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
BeachWizard4U
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California
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  • Families with children
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California
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212 reviews 212 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Notice it's shave ice not shaved ice. Any store that says they have real Hawaiian shaved ice doesn't know what they're doing. The Island Snow crew know what they're doing. My wife and I each had a scoop of macadamia nut ice cream placed below the shave ice. then we had mango, vanilla, and coffee syrup poured over the top.

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Kailua, Hawaii
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Order the Obama snow cone with ice cream and a snow cap! He stops every year with his family. It's a great treat in the afternoon or evening after some Bob's pizza next door. They also have great, hip beach gear.

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Bend, Oregon
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124 reviews 124 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I know this is really popular in Hawaii and this spot seems to have an incredible selection of flavors but for us adults this really is just a glorified sno-cone with wacky flavors. It is absurdly sweet and will be the favorite of every 8 year old in your group if you go there. Fun once.

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Dallas, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We love shave ice. This place rivals all we have tried the past 8 years. Great staff. I loved their azuki beans and snow cap to top off the greatest shave ice of our trip. Do yourself a favor and run to this place...and get ice cream on the bottom. SO good!

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Kailua, Hawaii
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Island Snow is the place to be when you're in Hawaii. Located near Kailua Beach on the windward side of Oahu, it's the locals hangout for sure. They have the BEST shave ice, and they are the place to go to if you want to find the coolest clothes (you can find collaborations with brands such as Stussy, Obey, RVCA,... More 

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Top Contributor
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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

The service was good and all that but as far as the flavors and ice cream, I feel that Uncle Clays is far better. But since it's close to the beautiful beaches is just fine to grab and go for the day.

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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131 reviews 131 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Honestly, we chose Island Snow because we had seen President Obama and his family here on the news. My husband and I were on the "most tourist-y visit to Hawaii we could possibly manage." We had both been to Oahu with family and friends, separately, but never together. So he planned a trip to the island that would cover all... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

PROS: Taste. Best "Shave Ice" (no 'd') that we had on Oahu. We went here three times because it was so good. CONS: Size (?). The portions were perhaps a tad smaller than what we had at other places, but the quality is arguably better. OVERALL: Ice cream and a snow cap are recommended. Good variety of flavors. This is... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

What's not to love about this delicious treat! We keep going back and back and back. Pretty soon we will have tried them all.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

A presidential favorite, as well as for us when we visit Kailua and Lanikai on Oahu. Flavor choices are awesome...so delicious. We love all the tropical flavors(tangy orange, guava, and pineapple are my favorite combinations) with either vanilla or macadamia nut ice cream on the bottom...and always ask for a "snow cap" for your shave ice. Clean and friendly staff.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 130 Kailua Rd, Kailua, Oahu, HI
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Kailua
  • Phone Number: (808) 263-6339

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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