So if you have ever been to the Hawaiian islands, or now live here you will know all about the amazing treat they have called Shave Ice. The best way to describe it is like a snow cone, but ten times better. A snow cone doesn’t even compare to all that is a shave ice. Not shaved ice but shave ice, say it with me; Shave Ice.
So what is a shave ice? Well picture light fluffy snow, with whatever syrup your heart desires on it. There is your more average flavors such as strawberry, cherry and grape. Then you have more island flavors such as pina colada, pineapple and guava. You can have up to three flavors on your shave ice or even add a scoop of ice cream on the bottom, then top it off with a snow cap (condensed milk)
I like to consider myself a shave ice expert. Several years ago my husband and I ran a shave ice and ice cream business on the island of Kauai. So I know what it takes to make a good shave ice and I know one when I see one.
Since we have come back to Hawaii, I have tried many places that claim they have the best shave ice, but there is only one I keep going back to. It is in the north shore town of Haleiwa. There are several to choose from on the north shore, but the Aloha General store is number one is my book. It not only have amazing shave ice, but super friendly staff with the Aloha spirit that never disappoints.
They have two shave ice sizes, the regular size and the keiki (kids) size. The regular is $3.00 and the keiki is $2.50. If you’re a kama’aina (local) you get a discount too! They have just about any flavor you can think of, watermellon, bubblegum, strawberry, rootbeer, vanilla, cotton candy, pina colada, grape, cherry and many more. I always choose a combination of pina colada, vanilla and root beer and if the mood strikes I will add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. My kids favorite is strawberry and cotton candy. I have to admit the cotton candy is pretty good. My husband, he gets an extra spoon and steals bites from everyone elses. How convenient!
If you come to Oahu and are looking for the best shave ice on the island go to Aloha General store. You will see other shave ice stores with lines around the building, but believe me it doesn’t mean they are the best. The Aloha General Store is nice also cause it has shaded benches and tables you can sit at and enjoy your shave ice, where the others don’t. Don’t just follow the crowd on this one. Go to the Aloha general store, tell them you read about them on island living and more and tell them Lacey sent you!