Slurp Shave IceKaua‘i

The coldest, sweetest treat you can find on Kaua‘i has to be SHAVE ICE. Hawaiian shave ice is a lot finer than the snow cones found on the mainland, and it’s a tradition for Hawai‘i residents.

Shave ice is not crushed; instead, it’s shaved from a large ice block that is rotated on a flat plate over a very sharp blade. This ice is then packed high and drenched with your choice of syrup in a rainbow of flavors. Choose from traditional flavors like cherry and lime, or go for a Hawai‘i influence with tropical flavors like mango, coconut, passion fruit and pineapple. For the ultimate experience, order a rainbow with ice cream underneath and a snowcap of sweetened condensed milk on top. Other local favorites include azuki beans and li hing mui flavor. The combinations are endless.

Our suggestion? Make a stop at JO-JO’S ANUENUE SHAVE ICE & TREATS, located at 9899 Waimea Road in Waimea, for a sampling of their shave ice specialties. Bonus? These flavorful, rainbow-colored concoctions have merited penned acclaim from The Garden Island newspaper’s “BEST OF KAUA‘I” awards.

KOLOA MILL ICE CREAM & COFFEE offers shave ice in three different sizes and has more than 20 flavors to choose from. That’s not to say an ice cream cone from Koloa Mill Ice Cream & Coffee isn’t a cool treat (they scoop up decadent ROSELANI TOPICS ICE CREAM, a favorite from Maui), but this family-run shop makes the overall shave ice experience fun with generous portions personalized to your tastes, served up with a smile.

Other options include HEE FAT GENERAL STORE and ONO ONO SHAVE ICE in Kapa‘a, UNCLE’S SHAVE ICE & SMOOTHIES in Koloa and KALAPAKI SHAVE ICE in Lihu‘e, but you’ll find the frozen treat throughout the island.

• Jo-Jo’s Anuenue Shave Ice & Treats (808) 431-4840
• Koloa Mill Ice Cream & Coffee (808) 742-6544