Enter the Shave Ice DebateBig Island

SHAVE ICE—it’s not your average snow cone. Debates rage over which shack, shop or stand has the most finely shaven ice or perfectly crafted syrup. From haupia (coconut) to li hing mui (a salty, dried plum) to strawberry, shave ice flavors can be selected to fit anyone’s taste buds, making this icy treat the perfect ending to a sunny day at the beach.

On top of all of the delicious flavors available, local shave ice is often accompanied by ice cream, condensed milk or azuki beans. To TRY IT LOCAL-STYLE, add all three.

There are numerous options throughout the island: In Kawaihae, try ORIGINAL BIG ISLAND SHAVE ICE, served out of its colorful food truck at the parking lot at Blue Dragon Restaurant (61-3616 Kawaihae Road). In Kona, try SCANDINAVIAN SHAVE ICE, a.k.a. “Scandi’s,” on the corner of Ali‘i Drive and Likana Lane; in Kamuela, visit ANUENUE SHAVE ICE at the Kawaihae Harbor Shopping Center; or when in Hilo, check out WILSON’S BY THE BAY, located at 141 Mamo St.