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“The Ultimate Snow Cone”
Review of Waiola Shave Ice

Waiola Shave Ice
Ranked #14 of 102 Dessert in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“The Ultimate Snow Cone”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Being local this place has always been my favorite for shave ice as we locals callit. My go to flavor is the lilikoi or passion fruit......plain no add ins. we just visited and they have added cute statues of shave ice cones and a new Hawaii Five-O flavor combination. Try the add ins like ice cream or azuki beans(japanese red beans) or the mochi balls. There's even custard(flan) or drizzle your own creation with condensed milk. There's ample parking however, I don't think they stay open after dusk.Oh and order procedure is posted on the menu board.......size and number then add ins if any and the flavor is last. Cash only.

  • Visited October 2013
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Everett, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Cant go wrong with shave ice”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

Our friends told us we had to try shaved ice while we were in Hawaii so we decided to go on the night we arrived to Honolulu. Unfortunately, they were closed that night but that didnt stop us from going there the following day. Once we got there and had a chance to observe the menu, we decided to get two Rainbow Ice Cream Shaved Ice with Mochi and condensed milk. The price for both shaved ice was like 10 dollars. The shaved ice were huge and they were delicious. The ice cream was a good kicker. We will definitely go back next time i am in the island

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank xrage4200
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Torrance, Ca
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best Shave Ice!”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Worth the walk (or drive) to get this shave ice. Not a tourist spot, mostly locals go here. Try the lilikoi cream with lilikoi. Love this place!

Visited September 2013
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Thank akanels1
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Hit or miss shave ice”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

I have been going to Waiola for a few years because it is convenient after spending a day at the zoo, Kapiolani Park or Waikiki. We have not had much trouble with parking because the lot past the shop is available for Waiola customers.

For me everything is hit or miss... sometimes the servers smile and are nice and sometimes they are not. That doesn't bother me much because I am getting shave ice! LOL

The ice is shaved very fine compared to other places. This is good when it is fluffy and light but if it is compressed too much then it gets a little hard and the syrup can't penetrate into the middle of the mound of ice. My last experience was a nice syrup covered shave ice until I broke through the outer layer...the entire middle was white with no syrup except the 1/2" shell. So using the mix the outside with the inside technique diluted the flavor too much. Other times syrup got much deeper so it was much more enjoyable. It really is hit or miss...

They have a nice range of flavors including sugar-free. There is limited seating outside next to the shop with some tables with umbrellas and some long benches usually in the sun.

  • Visited September 2013
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Houston, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Best shave ice on Oahu”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

Best shave ice on the island! Super fine ice and great syrup flavor/amount! Yum!! Definitely worth a try and if you need a flavor suggestion go for the lilikoi!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank HeatherD424
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