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Tis the Season for Hawaiian Snow – Available Year Round!

Posted on Thu, 2016/10/06 - 3:45pm by Jessica Gellert

Did you know we have snow on Oahu’s North Shore!? Okay, it’s not real snow. It’s actually a sweet treat that is perfect to cool down with any time of year. It’s called shave ice. It looks like a snow cone. The Hawaiian snow shave ice is shaved into thin flakes, packed into a ball and then covered in fantastic flavors that melt in your mouth. If you come to Hawaii in the winter to escape the snow, don’t miss out on this Hawaiian snowy treat.

Here are three places to taste the sweet treat of shave ice on Oahu’s North Shore:

Matsumoto’s Shave Ice 


(photo: @ngvyenxo on instagram)
66-087 Kamehameha Hwy #605, Haleiwa, HI 96712 

Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Located in historic Haleiwa town, this quaint mom and pop shop has been around since 1951. Every day the store produces more than 1,000 shave ice. They offer dozens of homemade flavors to choose from. You can also add ice cream or sweet azuki beans (additional cost) to the bottom of your Hawaiian snow. Due to its popularity (and extremely amazing shave ice) you may have to wait in line for a bit. 
$2.75 small | $3.00 large

Hele Huli Adventure Center


Turtle Bay Resort- located near the tennis courts & Beach Cottages 
Open daily 7 a.m.- 6 p.m.
You can take a three minute stroll from your hotel room and stop by the Hele Huli Adventure Center for the cold treat. There are about a dozen different flavors to choose from ranging from watermelon to banana. Enjoy your shave ice with the sand between your toes on our Kuilima Cove. 
$5.00 one size

Aloha General Store


(photo: Darrel P. on Yelp)
North Shore Marketplace, 66-250 Kamehameha Hwy G130, Haleiwa, HI 96712
Open daily 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
If you need to pick up some awesome souvenirs before you head back home from Hawaii, this is your one stop shop for shave ice and gifts for your loved ones. The line is not nearly as long as Matsumoto’s but don’t think that means the treat isn’t as sweet. Visitors and locals rave about how amazing the shave ice is here. 
$2.75 children’s size | $3.25 regular | $5.25 with ice

Where do you want to try shave ice, or if you have, where is your favorite place to enjoy the treat? Comment below.