I Love Me Some Shave Ice


My favorite Hawaiian treat so far is shave ice. And I’ve had a few. There are good eats in Hawaii.

I don’t know if it’s called shaved ice or shave ice. I call it shave ice, so correct me if I’m wrong.

For the first two weeks we were here, I went a little shave ice nutty, until my husband reminded me that we should not, in fact, spend the entire grocery budget on flavored frozen water. My excuse was that we arrived during record-breaking heat, and we needed it in order to survive. It cools your insides. After a swim and a shave ice, I felt positively cold. Quite a trick when it’s 92 and humidity’s 90%.

Shave ice, for those of you who haven’t had it, it’s different than a Slushie, Slurpee, or Snowcone. It’s ice shaved into flakes so fine that they melt like cream on your tongue.

There are, of course, famous places to get shave ice. People have told me about a few, like one up north and one downtown (I actually forgot the name of the one downtown). I haven’t been to any of those yet. If you recommend one, please leave it in the comments. I’ve only been to Island Snow in Kailua and Koko Nuts in Koko Marina (Hawaii Kai). We took the grandparents there last Saturday and there was a line out the door. 20 minute wait. One machine was down, the girl was overwhelmed, and our ice had chunks and was considerably smaller than usual. Boo-hoo!

It still tasted good on a hot day.

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

2 thoughts on “I Love Me Some Shave Ice

  1. Make sure to hit Waiola Shave Ice in Mo’ili’ili (just up the street from Waikiki). That’s my childhood favorite and I still feel like its the best one. Matsumoto’s on the North Shore is another “famous” shave ice shop, it’s a great stop after a day at the beach. Pretty much anywhere you go to eat on the North Shore will be really yummy though.

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