I was referred here by a few locals after I told them I was going to the famous Matsumoto's Shave Ice store. After seeing the absolutely ridiculous line at Matsumoto's, I decided to give Aoki's a try. It was well worth it. They provide some recommended flavor blends but also give you a chance to choose your own flavors as well. I got the blend that included Li Hing Mui, Pineapple, and Lilikoi. The sweet taste of the pineapple and lilikoi complimented the salty, slightly sour Li Hing Mui (salty dry plum) flavor. Li Hing Mui is actually quite the delicacy in Hawaii and frequently comes in a powdery mix that is sprinkled on many snacks such as gummy bears and dried fruits. I also added vanilla ice cream and condensed milk for an additional creamy flavor.
Service was friendly, the price was relatively inexpensive, and the shaved ice was refreshing and full of flavor. Not to mention that I almost guarantee that I got my shave ice in less than half the amount of time I would've had to wait at Matsumoto's (probably less). I am grateful for the suggestion made by the locals and hope I can share this tip to anyone else who is looking for some great shave ice on Oahu's North Shore.
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