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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The service was decent and fast. The individual that serviced us wasn’t overly friendly, but she did her job. HOWEVER, this was a horrible shave ice. Zero flavor. We have gone twice to another shave ice place on the north shore and loved it. So...we tried this place on the south shore. A mistake. We threw away about 2/3 of the ice. I am assuming we didn’t get enough syrup. For 7 bucks, come on. Give us 50 cents in syrup.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed December 15, 2022

Don't like writing reviews like this, but feel compelled to let the buyer beware. I've seen many glowing reviews about Uncle's. This will not be one of them. The ice: Hawaiian shave ice is supposed to be soft and powdery. This was hard and chunky....As such, it did not evenly hold the syrup which all went to the bottom of the container. The syrup: Very little flavor. Nothing like the vibrant, super-flavorful syrups I've experienced elsewhere. Overall: Kinda felt like a bowl of colored ice chunks. Would have thrown it away, but felt compelled to eat most of it after spending $7. Unless I was very unlucky, I would recommend going elsewhere.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed November 11, 2022

We were looking so forward to having Shaved ice! What a let down. Probably would not have noticed if we hadn't had the shaved ice at Ululani's on Maui. The difference is night and day. From the service, the cut of the ice, the taste...of the syrups, topping selections, and the cost. Will never waste the $10 again. It all started with walking thorough the front door. The lack luster greeting to I don't give a darn attitude of our two servers. Not what we have experienced on the rest of the island. May have just been a bad day for these two but then they just shouldn't have come to work. The shaved ice was so much more coarse than what we have gotten at other shaved ice locations. The syrups were not WOW, they were actually kind of weak on taste. We capped our dessert with Coconut cap and boy was this a disappointment. Absolutely tasteless. How bad was it you ask, bad enough that we threw it way and went a few doors down to Lappert's. Had a wonderful experience there. So I would save your money and just go have ice cream or find another shaved ice place on the island. Good Luck.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 11, 2022

Sad that I discovered this towards the end of our trip. Such a great variety of flavors and options, lovely staff, and reasonable prices. Really enjoyed the tropical flavors with the macadamia nut ice cream!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 24, 2022

I have been coming to Hawaii for 40 years and I lived here for a short time. Sadly, many of the best places to get Shave Ice are gone, but there are still some good ones out there on every island. Sadly, this is not...one of them. The syrups taste artificial ( which they are), and have almost no flavor at all. The banana syrup tastes just like banana extract, terrible! If you are hot and thirsty, it will do the trick, but it is far from a really tasty treat.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 21, 2022

Amazing and delicious!!! This was my first experience having shave ice and Uncle's has set the bar extremely high.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed June 30, 2022

What a gem of a place! I was SO full after ordering their Island Nectar with Macadamia nut ice cream. It was amazing and refreshing! Definitely worth a stop!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 4, 2022

I wanted to have a shave ice here to compare with another place I visited. Not sure what happened. Ice melted rather quick and left with lots of the syrup on the bottom.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 3, 2022

We tried a lot of shave ice because I love them and can't get them in northern Arizona. Uncles was one of our top favorites. They had a strawberry cream that was to die for. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 24, 2022

Try the shave ice at Uncle's and you won't be disappointed. It's refreshing on a warm day or evening. They usually have a line, but it goes pretty fast.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 24, 2022

We were here often, as well as JoJo's. Both are good but the service at Uncle's was generally a bit quicker. Neither is cheap, but both are tasty!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 30, 2022

The shaved ice was awesome. I took my son (7 yr old) to this place, and we both loved it. There is ice cream at the bottom and its a huge portion

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 25, 2022

My daughter loves shaved ice and she said it was super good! LOTS of different combinations and lots of flavors. Staff was very nice as well.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed November 8, 2021 via mobile

We stopped here after dinner for our “dessert”. The quality of the shave ice, both the ice and the flavors, were very good. Our group of four adults all were very pleased and were happy we didn’t get a desserts at the restaurant, but rather...made the walk down to Uncle’s.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 15, 2021

How can u go wrong w/ shaved ice on a hot day? Would hv liked if th staff gave me some more options…. Offered me ice cream in th center, additional toppings….

Date of visit: August 2021
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4