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Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha

Aina Haina Shopping Center, 820-850 W Hind Drive, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
808-373-5111
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Ranked #1 of 1,914 restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $7
Cuisines: Vegetarian, Hawaiian, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dessert
Description: HOPA is a Hawaiian treat shop best known for its all-natural, homemade, real fruit shave ice served with Pure Aloha daily. At the House, there are no strangers, only 'ohana yet to be met. Through the House of Pure Aloha, we aim to accomplish our true mission of "inspiring a movement of Pure Aloha one person, one relationship, one community at a time".
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English first
Union, New Jersey
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The shave ice has a great texture, just the right amount of syrup. Most of their flavors are made of natural ingredients. The strawberry flavor had visible bits of fruit in it, and was phenomenal. We also tried the shave ice tea, a first for me, black tea and honey is mixed with flavored shave ice of your choice forming... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

My wife and I stopped by after a hike and it blew us away regarding how fresh it was. Every shave ice place uses syrups overloaded with sugar, just like snow cones that overpower you with sweetness. We got a strawberry pineapple with Tahitian vanilla and azuki beans and dream sauce. It was the best shave ice I've ever had,... More

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Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Wonderful staff, bright and delightful interior design, and really good shave ice. The nephew of Clay, Bronson (I'm sorry if I spelled it incorrectly) introduced himself and his class and kindness shows the spirit of Aloha in this place. Really good shave ice and even better service making this place tops on the island.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I'm a born and raised in Hawaii, native Hawaiian, who moved to New Hampshire. Visit family twice a year in Hawaii-Kai on Oahu. Looking for ono shave-ice to share with my haole kids. Read reviews on trip advisor about HOPA, and had to give it a try. Uncle Clay was there to talk story with everyone. Best shave-ice in the... More

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North Las Vegas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Instead of going to Matusmoto's Shave Ice - save the waiting in-line for the sweet syrup and enjoy the shave ice down in Aina Haina. The syrup boasts as being natural and although doesn't have all the classic flavors like Matusmoto's, you have very tropical flavors to choose from: strawberry, pineapple, milk chocolat, kalespin, green tea, Lilikoi, mango and Li... More

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1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

This place is awesome!!! My wife and I had a wonderful experience here. We got to meet uncle Clay :). He is so genuine and down to earth. I appreciated him sharing his faith in God with me. It was such a blessing meeting a Hawaiian that believes the same as I do. The snow cones here are the best... More

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Federal Way, Washington, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

Uncle Clay is the nicest guy ever! Such a pleasure to speak with him. He is so outgoing and friendly! He really goes out of his way to welcome you to his Ohana! The shaved ice is soooo good, especially with their ice cream. I tried both their Tahitian vanilla and ChocoCoco Mac. I liked Matsumoto's in Haleiwa, but Uncle... More

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London
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We went there twice (on different days), it was so good. The ice just melts right in your mouth - pure perfection.

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My friend took me and I even met uncle clay, very sweet guy, love the place and it sure beams Aloha the shave ice is lovely

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Sunshine Coast, Qld
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10 reviews 10 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This was the best experience on our holiday. The shave ice here is the best on Oahu. I have previously had Matsimotos on the north shore but this time it wasn't as good. Uncle Clay's is amazing, the flavours are fantastic. The shave ice is nothing like we have in Australia, must use different machines, so it won't be just... More

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