Food Finds: Waikiki
Waiola's Shave Ice
For a quick and cool treat after a day getting barreled in the surf and baking in the sun, look no further than Waiola Shave Ice, a family owned and operated shave ice stand off Kapahulu Avenue just outside of Waikiki (they also run another stand in Honolulu in McCully). An island favorite since 1940, many an O‘ahu keiki (child) has grown up frequenting this local hot spot.
On a humid day in O‘ahu you'll find dozens of families and kama‘aina (locals) lining up to latch sticky fingers on their favorite shave ice flavors. In the islands the "d" has been shaved off, so in Hawai‘i its shave ice, not "shaved ice" or "snow cones."
When ordering at Waiola you'll want to perfect your cup combo before stepping up to the register (they've got their preferred ordering method clearly placed at the front of the shop in case you forget). We like ours with the works - ice cream on the bottom and condensed milk and mochi balls to top it off.
And make sure to hit up the ATM in advance to shave some time off your schedule - Waiola Shave Ice only takes cash.
What people are saying
My favorite flavor is strawberry with ice cream, and every time I eat a shaved ice, it takes me back to great memories I shared with family and friends. On a hot summer day, nothing is better than this, and Waiola makes the best in my opinion. --Mahela I.