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Best Places to Get Shave Ice in Oahu

Megan Potter

When you’re visiting Oahu, shave ice is a must-try! A combination of — you guessed it — shaved ice topped with flavored syrups, it’s a favorite sweet treat here in Hawaii. From healthier options to places with countless flavors, here’s our list of the best places for shave ice in Oahu.

1. Matsumoto Shave Ice

Best Places Shave Ice Oahu Shaka GuideMatsumoto’s Shave Ice / Anthony Quintano from Honolulu, HI, United States, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Cost: Under $10
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Hours: Daily, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Address: 66-111 Kamehameha Hwy, Ste 605, Haleiwa, HI 96712

Arguably one of the most famous places for shave ice on the island, Matsumoto’s has over 40 flavors of syrups and a variety of toppings like azuki beans, condensed milk, and ice cream (a local recommendation). With all the shop’s popularity, you can expect a line. But don’t worry, it moves fast. 

Matsumoto's is a stop on Shaka Guide's Grand Circle Island Tour. Stop by for a sweet treat along the drive!

2. Monsarrat Ave. Shave Ice

Monsarrat Shave Ice in Honolulu 

Cost: Under $10
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Hours: Tue-Sun 11:00 AM-4:00 PM | Mon Closed
Address: 3046 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

If you’re looking for a healthier option for shave ice, head to Monsarrat to fulfill your sweet tooth! The eatery uses organic purees (instead of syrups) that deliver a similar taste using less sugar. Not only is this spot healthier, they strategically poke holes in the ice allowing the puree flavors to seep through into every bite.

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3. Waiola Shave Ice


Cost: Under $10
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Hours: Everyday 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Address: 2135 Waiola St, Honolulu, HI 96826 and 

Waiola Shave Ice in Honolulu has two locations; the original shop on Waiola Street, and another one near Waikiki. This shave ice spot is known for its lengthy menu. From guava to green tea, there’s something for everyone. At Waiola, all the syrups are homemade and it even have some Hawaiian flavors like POG (passion orange guava) and haupia (coconut). We recommend adding some condensed milk on top to take your shave ice to a whole new level. 

4. Shimazu Store

Best Places Shave Ice Oahu Shaka GuideShimazu Store

Cost: Under $10
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Hours: Tue-Sun 11:00 AM-6:00 PM | Mon Closed
Address: 330 N School St, Honolulu, HI 96817

Shimazu Store is known for its serving sizes. Some consider the small to be a large! Stop by for a treat with add-ins such as mochi balls, condensed milk, ice cream, or sweet azuki beans. Keep in mind there is no parking and minimal seating so this is more of a pit stop to enjoy on the go!

Shimazu is a stop on Shaka Guide's Honolulu Backyard Rainforest Tour! Stop by along the way. 

No matter where you are on Oahu, you’re never too far from a refreshing shave ice and these are just a few of our favorites! Visit any of these spots on Shaka Guide’s Grand Circle Island Tour to try this special dessert. 

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