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Slurp Some Shave Ice

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SHAVE ICE — it’s not your average snow cone. Debates rage over which shack, shop or stand has the most fi nely shaven ice or perfectly crafted syrup. From haupia (coconut) to li hing mui (a salty, dried plum) to strawberry, shave ice fl avors can be selected to fi t 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 fl avors available, local shave ice is often accompanied by ICE CREAM, CONDENSED MILK or AZUKI BEANS . To TRY IT LOCAL-STYLE, add all three. One thing you’ll notice when you head to a shave ice spot is that there’s usually a very specifi c way of ordering (look up at the menu for the instructions). That’s very much how it is at BREAKWALL SHAVE ICE CO. : choose your size, then let them know if you want ice cream at the bottom (here’s a hint: you do!), choose your fl avors (up to three) and lastly, let them know what topping you’d like.

That process is similar to other places, but there are many ways Breakwall Shave Ice Co. stands apart from your typical shave ice stand. They have a wide array of fl avors from the traditional (strawberry, pineapple, blue vanilla) to the intriguing (Hello Kitty, Incredible Hulk, Tigers Blood). They also off er natural fl avors such as guava strawberry, passion orange guava and dragon fruit. However, those 21 and over will want to “make it tipsy.” Breakwall Shave Ice Co. is the home of the original ADULT SHAVE ICE — choose from one of the listed “Icy Cocktails,” like piña colada or mudslide; or you can create your own by combining your favorite liquor and fl avors.

Despite its name, Breakwall Shave Ice Co. is much more than just shave ice. The eatery off ers açai and pitaya bowls, fresh-squeezed juices, cold brew coff ee, Roselani’s ice cream and smoothies as well. And, if you’re dining at its sister restaurant, DOWN THE HATCH, keiki get a free shave ice with the purchase of a kid’s meal. BREAKWALL SHAVE ICE CO. 808-661-4900

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