Best Shave Ice in Oahu and Kauai

What is better than getting shave ice on your trip to Hawaii? To cool down from the warm 80 degree weather, maybe a little sweet ice is on your mind. On a recent trip to Hawaii for vacation, I sought out the best shave ice store, from super popular places to a bit more remote, I have deemed the following to be the best shave ice in Oahu and Kauai.

  1. Matsumoto Shave Ice (66-087 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 94712)

So you’ve taken the time on North Shore to catch some waves and gotten away from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu. Matsumoto Shave Ice is a local favorite that features an extensive “make-your-own” combination. You can get your mochi and azuki beans (red bean) due to a more Japanese influenced menu. One of Oahu’s most popular shave ice place, this place is hyped up, but is worth the hype and deserves a spot on the best shave ice in Oahu and Kauai list.

I highly recommend getting condensed milk on all shave ice options and trying more tropical flavors such as lilikoi (passion fruit) and guava. If you also fancy ice cream, do get the ice cream in the middle as well! Common in some Hawaiian shave ice places, the ice cream is an added treat to this already delicious dessert.

Menu at Matsumoto's
Menu at Matsumoto’s

Tip: Visit during a weekday if possible. The weekend lines are long, but my personal wait time was around 15 minutes.

2.  Loco Coco Shave Ice (2827 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI 96756)

Loco Coco Shave Ice features a natural and organic menu to the syrups. Tucked away in a strip mall area in a standalone trailer in the parking lot, the wonderful gentleman who runs the show ensures high quality ingredients that go into your shaved ice. In addition to natural honey and syrups, you can get your shave ice served in a nicely cut coconut and eat the bottom flesh!

Shave Ice in a coconut!
Shave Ice in a coconut!

I recommend the kalamansi lime for a unique and strong citrus flavor in your shave ice with a compliment flavor.

3. JoJo’s Shave Ice (Two Locations – 5190 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714 and 9734 Kaumualii Hwy Waimea, HI 96796)

Perhaps you hiked through Waimea Canyon or the Kalalau Trail along the Napali Coast and JoJo’s is definitely a great reward after those hikes! JoJo’s Shave Ice is one of Kauai’s famous shave ice places that has a giant portion serving size. A large can easily feed a whole family, but my eyes still are larger than my stomach and got two to split to try several combinations. This place serves up many traditional shave ice flavors from make your own to choosing one of the preset choices. In addition, JoJo’s Shave Ice also has Li Hing Mui (dried plum) and azuki beans to compliment your ice.


Giant shave ice that's the size of my head!
Giant shave ice that’s the size of my head!

Definitely get the macadamia nut ice cream that is to die for with real macadamia nuts inside the ice cream. You may consider having this shave ice as your only meal for the day, but you may be tempted to go back and get another large for yourself.

It is impossible to try all of the shave ice places in Hawaii! This list is only the start of shave ice places, but what are your favorite? Comment below to share your favorite shave ice places in Hawaii! Until next time everybody!

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