Waiola Shave Ice - Kaimuki
Member Reviews (3)
- Waiola Shave Ice - KaimukiJul 04, 2012
I am open to exploring new things, but when I noticed the number of dairy, beans, mochi, other unconventional toppings and additions being put into this primarily watery treat, I was a bit hesitant at first to give it a try. I mean shave ice in Hawaii alone (just the ice and flavor) is an extremely refreshing treat, and I didn't quite know if adding more substantial ingredients would take away from it's refreshing nature. After getting the works, I am now a believer in the versatility of this deceptively simple treat. My only complaint is that the staff seemed stretched a bit thin, especially during a rush, resulting in confused orders and slow service. Still, Waiola is home to what many on the islands call the best shave ice in Hawaii, and while I might not totally agree with that, they are certainly up there towards the top.
- Waiola Shave Ice - KaimukiMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Jul 04, 2012
I have a friend who became such a huge fanatic of Waiola's powdery soft shave ice that he decided he couldn't live in the Bay Area without it. So he found a shave ice maker that produces the same consistency of shave ice on eBay for $1K and now has his own version of Waiola in his house.
I knew that my next trip to Oahu would not be complete without seeing what all the hype was about, so we went to check it out. The little shop looks like it's been there for decades, and has a funky smell inside, but I've never seen a menu like theirs before. The combination of flavors and toppings are endless, and I'm sure that even locals have tried less than 1% of them.
For $3.50, I ordered a large cup of ice with lilikoi and melona flavors and added ice cream, mochi and condensed milk. I was sure they had made a mistake when ringing up the total, but surely, it was that cheap. The shave ice was indeed powdery melt in your mouth soft, and it was the perfect treat on a warm day. I was not such a big fan of the big mochi balls because they were a bit too chewy. After finishing, we decided to get another combo, and this time asked them to suggest a flavor to go with coconut. They suggested lemon, which I wasn't a big fan of. Pineapple might have gone better.
I'll be back again next time to try other combos (probably add azuki beans). In the mean time, I'm going to see if my friend will let me borrow his shave ice maker.