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Island Snow

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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks

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  • 99
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 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
Cool off in Kailua!

On a day that was hot, steamy and rainy, our grand children were successful in convincing us to stop at Island Snow in Kailua. This is supposed to be the best "shave ice" spot on the island, so we stopped by to see why. Since it wasn't a beach day, the line was not snaked around the building... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Sarasota, Florida
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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

On a day that was hot, steamy and rainy, our grand children were successful in convincing us to stop at Island Snow in Kailua. This is supposed to be the best "shave ice" spot on the island, so we stopped by to see why. Since it wasn't a beach day, the line was not snaked around the building as it... More 

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Tustin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Two locations on Oahu. The best shave ice, friendly people, sometimes there is a wait- but well worth it. They also have a surf shop attached to both locations where you can purchase pricey but name brand t-shirts sandals and more. We went almost everyday to Island Snow once we found it! Better than the other Shave ice places in... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The snow cones were OK but they seemed overpriced for the size. I had sour lemon, which was very good.

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Kailua, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is the home of the Obama special shave ice where he frequents with his family while on vacation on Oahu's Windward side. The shaved ice is one of the best---fine and delicate. Many popular local syrup flavors to choose from. Worth a visit when you go to Kailua beach park.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

As stated in a prior review, I come from a family of shave ice makers. Island Snow is a relatively massive store compared to other shave ice stores. There are three ice shaving machines here but the queue can still be very long. The ice is shaved extremely finely; most people prefer this. To me, however, what makes or breaks... More 

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Plymouth, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We sought out Island Snow by executive order, and found it delicious! Not the sno-cone we're used to. Creamy and flavorful. We loved the pictures of President Obama visiting there that were hung on the wall. Would definitely go again if in Hawaii.

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Kamuela, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This shop is great. They have many voices of shave ice and ice cream. There are pictures on the wall of Obama and his family eating here when in Hawaii. I recommend stopping her for a shave ice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

What a tasty treat. Haven't had shave ice before - just snow cones. They don't compare. Family that have been to Hawaii before assured us that Island Snow was the best. After the first time, we had to go back two more times during our stay. The hugh variety of flavors makes it hard to choose-you can get up to... More 

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Oahu, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

My friend and I always stop here for shave ice whenever we're in Kailua. It's a nice and cool treat after a nice day at the beach. The shave ice is pretty good, however a bit on the icier side for my taste. But they always give a good amount of syrup! And their portions a big! I can barely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This place offers that best shaved ice in Area - The legend has that President Obama also came here to eat . The joint is on the way to Kailua beach . The flavor sand the choices available are so tempting .. The summer time treat for anyone who is in Hawaii . This famous place is generally very popular... 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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