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Scandinavian Shave Ice

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75-5699 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
+1 808-326-2522
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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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
One Great Dessert!

Well, I should admit that it was the only shave ice I had in Hawaii, so I don't have anything else to compare it to, but it was great!! Based on the line that was out the door, its proximity to where we were visiting, and the mention of it by a couple of locals, we tried it. My wife... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
Scohn
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Skokie, IL
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  • Dessert
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Skokie, IL
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79 reviews 79 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Well, I should admit that it was the only shave ice I had in Hawaii, so I don't have anything else to compare it to, but it was great!! Based on the line that was out the door, its proximity to where we were visiting, and the mention of it by a couple of locals, we tried it. My wife... More 

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Poipu, Hawaii
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11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

fun place for shave ice, with lots of flavour variety and my kids loved the way they "decorated" the perfectly rounded mound of ice with cream

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Asheville, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We were told that we had to try 3 things in Kailua-Kona: Poke, a luau, and Shave Ice. Went to a few places that offer, this one is the best! Cool toppings and options, very friendly helpful staff. It is fun watching them make it and picking your colors(I mean flavors!) and you it will bring out the kid in... More 

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Hawaii
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is, hands down, the best shave ice on the Island (IMHO). No chunks or pieces of ice, just delicious smooth ice. Tons of flavors to choose from and great service. Artistic designs in the ice and don't forget to order with ice cream in the bottom. Delicious!

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My family and I happened onto the Scandinavian Shave Ice shop one day early in our 2 week trip to Kona. We had tried shave ice from a van and it was ok, but when we came here it was SO different. The workers show real pride in assembling their shave ice offerings. They pack the ice down and smooth... More 

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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My wife and I get to Kona at least once a year and each time we go, we make it a point to visit this place. Hands down the best shaved ice I've had on any of the Hawaiian Islands. Always a line at the door, but always worth the wait. Grab your treat and sit outside under the tree... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

These guys have shave ice down to a science! Add a scoop of ice cream on the bottom and you have a masterpiece! I love the wedding cake flavor for shave ice! It tastes just like wedding cake! Excellent and friendly service!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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98 reviews 98 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Ok, so it's really kind of just a sno-cone, but still! This is a Kona favorite, so you have to stop here. The staff at Scandinavian Shave Ice are all so friendly and helpful. It's worth the trip just for their pleasantness and entertainment! They have suggested flavor combinations, or you can create your own. It's a fun place to... More 

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Houston, Texas
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128 reviews 128 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Their service was great, and I love the designs they put in your shave ice. But I wouldn't say it was the best I've ever had.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This shave ice store is a must stop on The Big Island. Employees seem to enjoy their job. Tons of flavors to choose from, which makes it hard to make a choice. But you can come back many times. Delicious !

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 75-5699 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
  • Phone Number: +1 808-326-2522

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 10
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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