Where to Find the Best Shave Ice on Kauai

The snowy treat known as shave ice (not “shaved”) came to Hawaiʻi with the Japanese and Okinawan immigrants who worked on the sugar plantations in the late 1860s. By the mid-20th century, the modern version of shave ice, with its rainbow of flavors and additions such as ice cream and “snowcaps” of sweetened condensed milk, was typically found at humble Japanese-American grocery stores such as M. Matsumoto on Oahu’s North Shore. Today, you can expect even more flavors, gourmet natural syrups, and options such as chewy mochi balls or sweet red adzuki beans. Here are our favorite spots for shave ice on Kauai.

We have cross-checked our picks with top sources like The Hale ‘Aina Awards, Tripadvisor, and OpenTable to make sure we’re offering you the best shave ice on Kauai. Bon appetit!

Best Shave Ice on Kauai
Photo: Courtesy of Jojo’s Shave Ice

Jojo’s Shave Ice

Fresh ingredients and large portions for a great price! At Jojo’s, the size options are Da Kine (28oz) or Big Kahuna (40oz). They have 16 flavor combinations, but if you’d like to invent your own, go for it! You’ll just need to decide your favorite mix of flavors, ice cream and toppings. Open daily 11am to 7pm. jojosshaveice.com

Best Shave Ice on Kauai
Photo: Courtesy of The Fresh Shave

The Fresh Shave

Fresh Shave names its hand-crafted syrups made from local organic ingredients after mustache styles—the Handle Bar, the Chevron and the Fu Manchu are a few favorites. All you have to do is decide what style “mustache” is your favorite! Open Tuesday through Friday 12pm to 5pm. Closed Saturday through Monday. thefreshshave.com

Waikomo Shave Ice
Photo: Courtesy of Waikomo Shave Ice

Waikomo Shave Ice

Waikomo offers fresh fruit and cream toppings in addition to many great flavors. This is a healthy and refreshing dessert in your compostable cup. The utensils are eco-friendly as well—this is a plastic-free company. So enjoy the tasty treat and feel good about eating it too. Open Saturday through Thursday 12pm to 5pm. Closed Friday. waikomoice.com

Best Shave Ice on Kauai
Photo: Courtesy of Wailua Shave Ice

Wailua Shave Ice

Picnic tables shaded by umbrellas set the tone for this laid-back food truck. They’ve got lots of flavors and toppings to choose from for their traditional shave ice made with fresh local fruit. There are also tasty smoothies and acai bowls on the menu, in case you want to chase your shave ice with something just as fresh and tasty. Open Monday through Saturday 11am to 8pm and Sunday 12pm to 6pm. wailuashaveice.com

Best Shave Ice on Kauai
Photo: Courtesy of Wishing Well Shave Ice

Wishing Well Shave Ice

You can’t miss this colorful food truck with the wooden roof. The space may be small but Wishing Well is scooping locally sourced goodness to fill up your cup. They focus on local and sustainable here, so you know your cones and utensils are all Earth friendly. It’s a delicious treat you can feel good about. Open Tuesday through Sunday 9:30am to 5pm. Closed Monday. wishingwellshaveice.com

Best Shave Ice on Kauai
Photo: Courtesy of Ono Ono Shave Ice

Ono Ono Shave Ice

This family-owned spot offers shave ice made with only locally-sourced syrups. The price is right and the portions are big. Now you just have to decide if you want pineapple, mango or strawberry? And don’t forget a “snow cap” or ice cream add-on.

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