My friend who grew up on the island told us that we had to go to find Ailana and we did- I'm just sorry not sooner! Their shaved ice is out of this world. They have a large selection of homemade syrups from real fruit. Between my two kids and me, and over several trips back, we tried the strawberry milk, guava, mango, and green tea. They are intense with flavor, fresh, and not overly sweet- perfect, really!
Their perfection is obvious by the clientele in the shop, all locals. I'm sure they know the difference between good and great shaved ice and they are all at Ailana. Their shop is a total whole in the wall. It's in an old run down strip mall behind the Ala Moana Mall. Just walk through the mall, past Nordstroms, cross the street and make a left. Walk a little and you'll see their sign on the right, just after a nail salon (I think)...I'm craving their shaved ice just writing this!
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