Forget about Matsumoto Shave Ice. No need to drive all the way up to North Shore for the best Shave Ice in Oahu. For decades, this corner hole-in-the-wall joint tucked in local neighborhood streets of Honolulu has been attracting locals throughout the day for the smoothest and finest shave ice around. I remember used to thinking that this place was the Shave Ice version of the "Soup Nazi." When I was younger, I'd get nervous as I stood in line to order. Instead of dreaming about my fluffy cup of shave ice, all I could think was, "REMEMBER THE ORDER! REMEMBER THE ORDER!" At Waiola's, you better get it right. Here's how you order:
1. State the size
2. Bottom Goodies (ice-cream, azuki beans, mochi balls, etc.)
Every time I went to Waiola's, I'd hope for someone to mess up on their order and yell out something like, "Ummmmmmm...I want a rainbow SMALL, no...MEDIUM shave ice with ice cream." The mama running the place would get all frustrated and point to their order sign. So just remember, follow the ordering rules.
After my cousin's wedding, my brother and I drove by for a cool Waiola treat. I got my large concoction of Lychee, Lilikoi (Passion Fruit), and Grape shave ice with vanilla ice cream and condensed milk. I promise you, Waiola's is like butter baby.
There's also Waiola Shave Ice #2 on Kapahulu Avenue. Even though the Kapahulu location is only blocks away from our Auntie's house, my brother and I always opt to drive out to the original location. The Waiola Avenue joint definitely has a mo' betta shave ice ambiance.
Oh..one more thing. Remember it's "shave ice" not "shaved ice." And I'm pretty sure there's a law against calling it a "snow cone." Don't you dare.
Waiola Shave Ice
2135 Waiola Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
Waiola Bakery & Shave Ice
525 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815