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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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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa

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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
Great place for Dessert

Fun place, fun staff, and yummy ice cream and shave ice! This seemed to be a popular spot, and it was easy walking distance from our hotel, and a nice place to stop for dessert after a meal at nearby restaurants.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Fun place, fun staff, and yummy ice cream and shave ice! This seemed to be a popular spot, and it was easy walking distance from our hotel, and a nice place to stop for dessert after a meal at nearby restaurants.

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Tustin, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Awesome, we almost stopped everyday to have our Shaved Ice from this small place. Very nice and friendly staff and tasty shaved ice.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

WOW - the shave ice here is unbelievable - the ice is so light and fluffy (not crunchy) and packed tightly around ice cream (yes, you have to get shave ice with ice cream in the middle for the very best). The servers are fun characters too and oh so very many flavors - it is hard to pick.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Not only best on Big Island, but better than most others we've sampled on Oahu as well. Make sure you get ice cream on the bottom when you order Shave Ice first of all. Scandinavian's is the best vanilla because it is homemade with strong Tahitian Vanilla in it. They do a much better job packing it down and the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We always go to Scandinavian Shave Ice each time we come to Kona. Always friendly people and great service. Chris made a perfect shaved ice for us again. Much Mahalo!

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

When the weather is warm, a cool treat is always welcome relief. When you live on or visit the Hawaiian coast, the weather is almost always warm so cool treats are great any time of year. One place serving up cold, icy treats in Kona is Scandinavian Shave Ice, located in the heart of the city. We came across Scandinavian... More 

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Toronto
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

First thing you notice when you walk up to Scandinavian Shave Ice is the lineup outside the door and all the customers sitting around the rock wall munching away. At first thought, you consider skipping it because the looks too long but then your tummy tells you "Look at all the pretty faces! You want this!" and you jump in... More 

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

They started to recognize us because we came here about 5 times during our week-long trip to the Big Island. It did not disappoint! Our favorite was the Mauna Kea which was a combo of vanilla, boysenberry, and blackberry; we got caramel mac nut ice cream in the center and topped it with a snow cap (condensed milk). It was... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Came here for my first Hawaiian shave ice. They were very friendly with their recommendations. There are a TON of syrups/flavors and some seating outside. The shave ice comes in cute, colored cups. Scandinavian Shave Ice is cute and has a fun vibe.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Stopped by on a late Sunday afternoon and waited over 10 minutes in line. We shared a small shave ice because we had only finished our lunch an hour ago. There were 3 employees filling the orders . We watched as they took a big ball of shaved ice and patted it down to half the size before adding the... More 

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?