Shave ice is a frozen treat made of “shaved” ice served as a ball and covered in yummy flavored syrups. What makes it uniquely Hawaiian is that the texture of the ice is actually shaved and not ground ice like snow cones, and the flavors are usually more exotic.
You may have already heard of Matsumoto’s Shave Ice in Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore, which put shave ice on the map. If you’re on Maui, don’t worry about Matsumoto’s — there’s excellent shave ice here, too.
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Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice
Try: pickled mango, lychee, passion fruit; some Yelpers say there is “no bad flavor here”
Tip: very popular spot so expect a line
Location: 61 South Kihei Road, Kihei
Hours: 10:30am – 6:30pm, 7 days a week
Other Maui locations:
– Kahului at 333 Dairy Road
– Lahaina at 819 Front street
Local Boys Shave Ice
Try: add Roselani ice cream and/or soft rice mochi
Tip: they make their own ice, azuki beans and syrup flavors
Location: Kihei Kalama Village, 1941 South Kihei Road
Hours: 10am – 9pm M-Sat; 10am – 4pm Sun
Other Maui locations:
– Lahaina at 624 Front Street
Surfing Monkey Shave Ice
Try: go bananas over their namesake “Surfing Monkey” flavor — wild cherry, pina colada, and banana
Tip: they only use raw Maui sugar cane syrup
Location: 1881 South Kihei Road, next to Foodland
Hours: 10.30am – 9pm, 7 days a week
– Kahului, 415 Dairy Road
– Fairmont Kea Lani (summer only)
Peace Love Shave Ice
Try: li-hing mui (don’t ask, just try it), pomegranate
Tip: their shave ice is natural and free of dyes, with sugar-free options
Location: 1280 S Kihei Rd. (Azeka Shopping Center parking lot)
Hours: 12-7pm M-Sat, 1-7pm
Website: go to Yelp
S&Q Coffee and Shave Ice Shack
Try: Shark Blood combo (strawberry and coconut)
Tip: they also serve coffee
Location: 2439 South Kihei Road
Hours: 6am – 6pm, M-F; 6:30am – 6pm Sat-Sun
Maui Girlz Shave Ice truck
Try: coffee and haupia with all the toppings. It is so good!
Tip: get to know the owner Jessica Griffiths — she’s a special woman
Location: Swap meet, Kahului
Hours: 7am – 1pm, Saturday
Website: none, but check Yelp
Tobi’s Shave Ice
Try: 3 flavor combo of blue vanilla, pineapple & coconut with coconut ice cream center; tiger blood (watermelon+cherry+coconut)
Tip: they sell poke, too!
Location: 137 Hana Highway
Time: 9am – 7pm, 7 days a week
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