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“A perfect way to quell the summer heat” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Matsumoto Shave Ice

Matsumoto Shave Ice
66-087 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96791
808 637-4827
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Ranked #17 of 61 Restaurants in Haleiwa
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Takeout, Dessert
Makati City
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“A perfect way to quell the summer heat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We where driving on Kamehameha Highway towards Turtle Bay when we saw Haleiwa as we turn into town, we show a long line in one particular shave ice store, our curiosity took over and we turned to the parking area went down and when we saw the name of Matsumoto it immediately rang a bell so we queued to have that famous shave ice.
Luckily, we did not wait that long to taste the famous shave ice in Haleiwa, Oahu. The syrup they use is the secret for their success although to sweet for me but my family enjoyed it and the combination of flavors is a blast.
What better way to ease a hot day than a Matsumoto shave ice...perfect.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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“Yum!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile


They had a long line everyday that we went by. So the second to the last day we were there. We just got in line and waited the 20 min or less. It was so worth it :) My family and I all got shaved ice with ice cream. It was great :)

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Something you need to do...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

You're on the North Shore so you have to do it. They don't really do shave ice in all it's glory on the mainland like they do at Matsumoto. I indulge with the ice cream and condensed milk. If possible, go early to avoid the long line. It's open until 6:00 pm.

Visited April 2013
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“The Place for Shave Ice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Drive to the Northshore town of Haleiwa for Mr. Matsumoto's Shave Ice. This is a small town with about 5 places that sell shave ice. You'll know which one is Matsumoto's because it's the one with the line of people out the door, all other places are empty! I've even seentour buses pull up and people file out to line up at Matsumoto's.

Visited March 2013
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Far Rockaway, New York
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“A little too sweet, but still tasty, and worth a visit...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I love the atmosphere at Matsumoto's - their shop is a blast! The shave ice is worth the wait on the long line, but the syrups were a bit too sweet for my taste. A good value though, so have a seat on the bench outside and watch the world go by as you enjoy a little piece of Aloha.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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