Shave ice: What I’m eating this summer

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Thanks to global warming, the Hawaii summer heat seems to be getting increasingly oppressive each year. Coupled with the humidity that washes over us in September and October, it’s no wonder that I’m constantly obsessing over shave ice.

I’ve already done a Top 10 shave ice list, then a list of top picks of new styles of shave ice. In both cases, I listed places I liked, but considered fan favorites, as well. This time, I thought I’d just show you what **I’M** eating this summer. I’m a townie, so although I love Baldwin’s lemon peel shave ice, you won’t find me driving out of my way to Waimalu for it. And I like a generous pour of syrup with good service, so you won’t find me going to… a couple of other places. If you want to ogle your favorites, you can click the previous links, but these are the spots you’ll likely find me, trying to cool off.

Ailana

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It's no secret that I love Ailana. They make their own syrups, many with real fruit, and pour them generously over large mounds of fine ice.

Ailana Shave Ice
1430 Kona St.
808-955-8881
ailanashaveice.com

14 comments
jlieu
jlieu

#TBT - I love this place! 

M
M

Hello Melissa, Great list, lots of places I never tried.

guavarose
guavarose

Sigh...I want to some shave ice now! I used to order only strawberry syrup too, but now I'm branching out to root beer with vanilla ice cream. I've been wanting to try Frost City for while now, after seeing so many pictures. Thanks for the pictures, now I have a list of places to hit when I'm in town.

bettydalycity
bettydalycity

Wonder if that little grocery store up Liliha St. and Alewa Ht. still there?  That time sold shaved ice also.

In San Francisco it not easy to find Island Style shaved ice any where.  I ask a Taiwanese shop in the city and they said it sound so plain and boring to them.  So I settle for a slurppie at 7-11 instead. It nearest to shaved ice.

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

Delicate Blossom:  I am a traditionalist, I prefer mine with just syrup without all the other toppings available.  I do like it occasionally with vanilla ice cream.  Also, I usually only order strawberry syrup.  Boring, yeah?

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

You haven't tried Bee's Desserts in 99 Ranch yet? Good stuff!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @M hope to see you at one of them!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @guavarose I'm into Lime or Lemon with Lime. Tastes like green river!