At the end of March, this creation popped up on the Instagram feed of Makani’s Magic Pineapple Shack in Hilo:
Since I love soft serve, I vowed to make Makani's the first stop on my next Hilo trip. Thanks to TransAir Global, I recently had the chance to fly there on a private jet.
TransAir's customized Boeing 737 can carry 30 passengers and will eventually be available for charter flights. Traveling on a private jet was priceless.
Makani's in downtown Hilo is filled with tiki décor. It’s kitschy and quirky, with a playful vibe that matches its one-of-a-kind menu.
The whimsical Unicone is as refreshing and fun to eat as it looks. The hype is real — one lick and I hear angels sing. The ube flavor is mild and balances the tart dragonfruit perfectly. For extra magic and an extra $2, you can order this in a mini pineapple.
Since I’m not sure when I'll be back at Makani's, I top off my Unicone with a colossal acai bowl. They run $12 each, but are worth it. This is probably the best acai I’ve ever had, and definitely the most photogenic.
I wish the Shack had a scale to weigh this behemoth. The acai is on the smoother side, not icy or chunky, and slightly sweeter.
The granola and Cookie Crisp toppings give the acai bowl crunch and texture, and super-sticky Nutella and cookie butter coat the roof of my mouth. Acai is healthy-ish, right? So it’s okay to splurge a little. Or a lot.
Makani’s Magic Pineapple Shack (formerly Big Island Juice Co.)
54 Waianuenue Ave.