No trip to the Aloha State is complete without trying Hawaiian shave ice! Unlike the classic American snow cone, this popular island treat is shaved (not crushed) and is fluffy, creamy, and incredibly refreshing. First, the ice is infused with flavored syrups made with local ingredients like guava, pineapple, passion fruit, and mango. It’s drizzled with sweetened condensed milk, then served in a plastic cup with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Shave ice gained worldwide popularity after Japanese plantation workers immigrated to Hawaii, and today, visitors can enjoy this dessert all over the islands! Here are some of our favorite Hawaiian shave ice shops.
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Top 4 Hawaiian Shave Ice Shops on Maui
With six locations across the Valley Isle, Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice is a local favorite. Their signature syrups come in exotic flavors like matcha green tea, pickled mango, and calamansi lime and are made using 100% pure cane sugar and natural fruit juices. Ululani’s authentic desserts have awarded them “Best Shave Ice” for three consecutive years, and they’re located just a mile away from our inn!
2. Surfing Monkeys
Surfing Monkeys Shave Ice is another wonderful place to enjoy a sweet treat. They have a great selection of flavors and offer free extras like azuki beans, vanilla ice cream, and sweet cream. Be sure to try their signature “Surfing Monkey” blend made with wild cherry, piña colada, and banana flavors! Surfing Monkeys has locations in both Lahaina and Kihei.
3. Local Boys
Owned by a father and son duo, Local Boys offers the largest selection of shave ice flavors in Hawaii. This shop uses pure cane sugar, filtered Hawaiian spring water, and state-of-the-art equipment to make the ice as fluffy as possible. Signature blends include Snow White (made with coconut and piña colada flavors) and the Volcano, which features French vanilla syrup, root beer, and a cherry on top.
4. S & Q’s
S & Q’s Coffee and Shave Ice Shack has been serving up some of the finest treats on the island since 2002. It’s located in the Rainbow Mall in Kihei and offers a variety of shave ice options as well as espressos, teas, smoothies, and breakfast/lunch foods. Don’t forget to ask about their signature Shark’s Blood flavor!
Book Your Stay at the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
After you’ve had your fill of yummy Hawaiian shave ice, head home to our bed and breakfast and unwind in one of our guest rooms. With luxurious amenities and beautiful views, our inn is the perfect place to relax after a day of indulging. We even offer a scrumptious homemade breakfast each morning! Check our availability and contact us today to book your stay. We can’t wait to hear about your culinary experiences!