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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 - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: 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
Be sure to bring a joke or two for the staff.

Couple of nice young kids working here, fully of enthusiasm. They offer jokes and make you laugh so you don't realize how expensive it is. Like everything in Hawaii, frozen water with sugar added is very expensive too. Fortunately they are able to turn it into something delicious. Nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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Alcoa, Tennessee
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Alcoa, Tennessee
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85 reviews 85 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

Couple of nice young kids working here, fully of enthusiasm. They offer jokes and make you laugh so you don't realize how expensive it is. Like everything in Hawaii, frozen water with sugar added is very expensive too. Fortunately they are able to turn it into something delicious. Nice location, but explains why the price is so high. Careful walking... More 

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Gainesville, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

The BEST shave ice you will find on all of the Hawaiian Islands. Scandinavian Shave ice has the most flavors to choose from and the most flavorful syrups. The guys working there are very entertaining and make the whole experience enjoyable. Great flavor combinations and tasty ice cream too.

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NJ
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Recommended by a local. The shave ice is awesome, no question. Between the three of us we tried 8 different flavors, and they were all awesome. They pack the ice down, so you get lots of it. Only bad thing is the place itself stunk like a locker room. Not sure how that can be since the doors were wide... More 

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Ephrata, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

You can't ask for better! whether you want a sweet treat or an awesome drink this is the place. Service is awesome, very friendly and fun. My son wants to move to Kailua-Kona so he can go there every day!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This place does a great job with shave ice! Constantly crowded and conveniently located. We prefer shave ice that has the consistency of powder, and this place did not disappoint! Beware adding ice cream.....$2.50 for a tiny scoop....a little steep for ice cream. Other places charge less for ice cream addition.

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Sydney, Australia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Spotting this little gem on the famous Ali'i Drive was one of the best things during my recent trip to Kailua-Kona. We decided to try this place out for dessert after dinner one time. This place was definitely a popular one, as during the day, tourists would line up for it, and I don't blame them, I'd follow suit. They... More 

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Centreville, Virginia
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132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The portions are HUGE! I usually get a medium, but the medium here was more like an extra large. The selection of flavors was extensive, but we found the syrup a little too sweet and the ice cream inside was not as good as Anuenue’s. Still good shave ice, just not the best on the island.

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Sammamish, WA USA
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Good shave ice, especially with ice cream center and a snow cap. While not the very best we've had in the big island of Hawaii it's the best on Kona. It can be a bit crowded. Our friends had their Mac Nut ice cream, which they thought was the best they'd ever had. Good place

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The Presidential Family always has Shaved Ice before they leave the Islands. You haven't been to Hawaii unless you've had a Shave Ice and Scandinavian's is some of the best. Be sure you opt for the version with ice cream in the middle. Hey, if you're going to blow that diet, do it right. Don't laugh at their published flavor... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The staff is all very friendly and welcoming. They all are very helpful with recommending great combinations of flavors. The shave ice is always so fluffy and creamy. (I recommend getting it with the sno cap). They sell more than just shave ice! They also have ice cream, espresso, frappes, and much more so everyone in the family can find... 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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