Saturday, August 14, 2010

Shave Ice in Paradise: Haleiwa

Shave (not "shaved") ice eats more like soft ice cream than the crunchy snow cone from the Mainland. But essentially, yes, it is nothing but frozen water in a paper cone—before you choose your syrupy, colorful topping. Hmm?

Shall you have Strawberry, Pineapple, Lemon, Coconut, Banana, Vanilla, Root Beer, Grape, Lime, Lilikoi (Passion fruit), Orange, Honeydew, Melon, Mango, Raspberry, Watermelon, Bubblegum, Cotton Candy, Pinacolada, Banana Cream, Lihing Mui, Lychee, Cherry, Green Apple, Guava, Tangerine, Green tea, Fruit Punch, Melona, Peach, Creamsicle, Strawberry Cream, Coconut Cream, Mizore, or some combination thereof?

Add azuki beans or vanilla ice cream at the bottom? Splash of condensed milk? Whatever, order something and start shoveling with the plastic spoon and let the Aloha happen, brah.
Lines form in Haleiwa on Oahu's North Shore outside Matsumoto's, but the treats at Aoki's nearby are just as good.

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