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- Shimazu StoreCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Jan 10, 2013
If you want the best Hawaiian shave ice, this is it. Forget the Where-o-la, Mat-snooze-moto, and A-oh-no-kay, those DO NOT compare. I don't think there's anywhere on the island that has green tea flavored syrup, and green milk tea flavored syrup! Those flavors are not traditional but definitely Asian influenced, which is what Hawaiian culture is, right. Every time I come here (except one time it was closed) there's always a line. Usually that means it's excellent and worth the wait, and it is true. You haven't had Hawaiian shave ice until you've had DA best.
- Shimazu StoreJul 31, 2012
Shimazu creates, hand's down the best (and biggest -- even the small is huge) shave ice on O'ahu.
Matsumoto's is the most popular; Island Snow has the Obama connection, and Waiola is a close second but nothing beats Shimazu.
The selection of flavors is the largest and most inventive I have seen -- from Red Velvet to Creme Brulee, Li Hing Mui and Mojito-flavored syrups.
Extra somethings run the gamut from standard mochi and azuki beans to a generous helping of haupia (they lay it on thick, so ask for a light drizzle if unsure.)
The store is tiny, out of the way, and parking is close to non-existent. You'll be glad you made the effort anyway.
Oh, and they also serve Halo-Halo.
- Shimazu StoreJul 31, 2012
You've just discovered the best shave ice on the island. People talk about Matsumoto's, or Waiolas, being the best shave ice on the island, and yes maybe at one point in their history before they became famous and before they sold out they were good. In fact, I used to go to Waiola's back before any one even knew of it, only the local neighborhood families and any one who went to stadium park knew of that place. The quality of their product was top notch and they deserved to be called the best, BUT those were the old days, the long gone days, the days before ala moana became a shrine to gentrification and commercialization that is america, but i digress.
If you want a taste of "shave ice", the type that makes you contemplate your choices in life and why you didn't ask susy nakamura to the 3rd grade dance, or why you didn't just tell your parents that you wanted to be a musician, or why you even left the islands in the first place, then this is the place to go. Its reminiscent of the old crack seed stores of Hawaii where you can buy freshly made popcorn, crack seed, arare, etc. and of course the shave ice.
There are two things most important about shave ice, the texture and the flavor. The texture when eating a shave ice should be like freshly fallen snow, literally. None of that crunchy rocky stuff that you have to bite like on the mainland, and none of that stuff that becomes dried out and hard, rather from the first bite to the last you should be able to bite into it with ease and the shave ice should melt in your mouth. The second most important thing is the flavor or syrup. There are so many different flavors out there now, but a true shave ice connoisseur knows that strawberry or even rainbow is how you measure the quality of the shave ice shop. Get either the strawberry or rainbow at shimazus and you won't be disappointed. Its the perfect balance of sweet that makes you think of childhood summers and dreams long forgotten.
Oh one other thing about shimazus they give you a LOT. and i mean A LOT. For beginners I would suggest a medium for most people, its more than enough to fill up an average sized male. But lets say its super hott out, get the large, that'll for sure fill you up. However, if you're looking to go home with a story or a sore stomach get the Larry. The size of the shave ice is larger than any on the island, that I can guarantee, and it will be bigger than your head. I don't know how it defies physics but it does, oh and while you're at it, you should ask why its called the Larry, it'll blow your mind.
when you're done eating, pass the word along, the place deserves to be known.
- Shimazu StoreJul 04, 2012
Shave ice is all about cooling down and treating your taste buds, and with the absolutely heaping portions offered at Shimazu Store, you are going to ether be really REALLY cool or left with a melted mess. They offer up huge portions that require brain-freezingly fast consumption if you dare to try their large, as the Hawaiian heat races to melt these icy treats down before your stomach can. Visitors here will be able to enjoy all their favorite flavors, in an interesting setting that offers great window shopping as you cool off. Parking is just about a non-option here, so don't expect for drive up service. If you are already in the area it's very much worth trying Shimazu Store's shave ices, as they are indeed among the best in Honolulu.
Open Hours:Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM Monday Closed Tuesday 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM Wednesday 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM Thursday 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM Friday 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM Saturday 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM