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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
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch

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  • 82
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 8
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  • 7
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
May 2015: Best Hidden FInd for Shaved Ice (Obama Thinks So)

We loved our visit to Island Snow for some authentic Hawaiian shaved ice. This place is located in beautiful Kailua (Eastern side of Oahu). Find it on your GPS and make sure you stop in. Order your shaved ice "snowcapped" for an extra treat (topped with condensed milk). It is a must see for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
tulicny
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Wexford, Pennsylvania
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  • Families with children
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Wexford, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We loved our visit to Island Snow for some authentic Hawaiian shaved ice. This place is located in beautiful Kailua (Eastern side of Oahu). Find it on your GPS and make sure you stop in. Order your shaved ice "snowcapped" for an extra treat (topped with condensed milk). It is a must see for Obama whenever he is in town,... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The shaved ice was tasty and amazing. They had a lot of flavors to choose from. I would go back over and over. The wait was very short.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

What a delightful and refreshing treat. This Kailua tourists attraction is a gem. It's no wonder that the President loves Island Snow. The snow cone from Island Snow was simply delicious. First, the ice has the texture of snow. I had never experienced a snow cone with a scoop of ice cream at the bottom but it was delicious. There... More 

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20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

In two weeks time, I think five of us went here at least five or six times. FABULOUS!!! Be sure to order a large one, with ice cream in the bottom and choose three different flavors. Tried many and they were all very good. My favorite was with Kahlúa coffee, coconut and vanilla. Yum!

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Provo, UT
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65 reviews 65 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

They were out of so many add ins when we were there. They aren't friendly either. This ended up being just shave ice like we make at home. Very expensive shave ice.

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California
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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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64 helpful votes 64 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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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 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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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?