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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: Coffee & Tea, Drinks, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night

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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
My niece's first shave ice

Okay, so I'm no shave ice connoisseur... but I enjoyed the shave ice my family shared! We weren't around too many shave ice places, and this was the most convenient place to stop timing/location-wise while we were cruising around the islands on the Pride of America...so I introduced the kiddos to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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English first
San Francisco, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Okay, so I'm no shave ice connoisseur... but I enjoyed the shave ice my family shared! We weren't around too many shave ice places, and this was the most convenient place to stop timing/location-wise while we were cruising around the islands on the Pride of America...so I introduced the kiddos to their first shave ice. My niece LOVED it. I... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

So, the most hyped about thing in Kona, the Scandinavian Shave Ice. The shop/outlet is small with around three people to serve you. They have three sizes, small, medium and large (similar to Starbucks). Starts from around $3. You have to pay for the toppings but you can choose three flavors for your shave ice for free. They have in... More 

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San Marcos, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I don't like snow cones, but my family convinced me to try "shave ice" and now I'm a convert. The ice is so smooth it's like freshly fallen snow and with (maybe) a zillion flavor combinations available, you too will be a convert. Try it with a "snow cap." It's sweetened condensed milk, drizzled over your shave ice and it... More 

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Kailua Kona, Hi
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81 reviews 81 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately, this is not Hawaiian Shave Ice. It is rough, coarse, and the syrups are nothing more than sugar water. It's a shame with such a great location they do not kick it up a notch. The only decent Hawaiian Shave Ice on the whole island is Original Big Island Shave Ice up in Kawaihie.

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8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

It was the most amazing shave ice I've ever had and I've had at the other famous places on Oahu and Kauai. Get it with lilikoi cheesecake ice cream inside and snow capped! All flavors are good but loved the boysenberry. The texture of the ice is so smooth and they are so huge! Go for it and you may... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The atmosphere is the usual for Kona, not gonna bad mouth them there, but when it comes to their shaved ice, it has to be the worst I have ever tasted in the Islands. In my opinion, nothing natural about their flavors that leave an aftertaste in your mouth. You notice they don't call it Hawaiian or Big island shaved... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We are shave ice lovers and you don't want to miss one from here. Lots of flavors to choose from and a great refreshing treat. It was so good we visited several times during our visit

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California
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165 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I'd love to say how wonderful this place was, but I never got up there to even order. I was third in line to order, which for this place is great, and after twenty minutes of waiting, watching the chaos unfold with the staff, I was still third in line. After 20 minutes they still hadn't gotten through one single... More 

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Riverside, California
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57 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I could eat shave ice everyday! Theres flavors here you wont find on the mainland. Doesn't everything taste better in Hawaii?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Go here, do not go to any other place. My husband tried another place and it was awful. This place has sugar free options as well. Friendly and do a great job and give you a straw. Go here, don't go to another place for shaved ice.

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Additional Information about Scandinavian Shave Ice

Address: 75-5699 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
Phone Number: +1 808-326-2522
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona
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
Average Prices: USD $3 to $10
Cuisine: Hawaiian

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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 to $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?