I tried shave ice at several locations around Maui. Local Boys West was by far the best. I had a hankering when I was in Lahaina & I knew it was the last one I would have before I left the island. I looked at a few shops, but knew this was the right one because they were selling t-shirts that say, "I love Local Boys West!" so I figured they were good enough to have an adoring clientele.
The woman who worked there was upbeat and enthusiastic. She explained the various freebies in the basic price (choice of ice cream scoop, mochi or adzuki beans) and let me taste stuff before I made my choices. (I went with mochi only) The freebies make this a better buy than all the other places I went to.
Most importantly, the shave ice syrups were full of flavor. Unlike many places which taste super sweet with not much flavor, Local Boys West had intense flavor bursting in each bite. I picked pineapple, lilikoi (passionfruit), and tamarindo. The combo was great.
One other thing I liked was that there was a place to sit and listen to music while I shared my shave ice with my partner.
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