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Hawaiian Brain Freeze Shave Ice and Ice cream

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1263 Kilauea Ave, # 290 - Hilo Shopping Center, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4220
+1 808-961-5935
11:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 20:00
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Rodeo, California, United States
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65 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The shave ice was amazing and the portions huge! Be sure and add ice cream and add the snow cap! Servers were helpful and friendly.

Thank Holly M
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Oh My Gosh! Amazing! DELICIOUS! A MUST GO! This is a Medium Shave Ice. A bit hard to find, but we'll worth it.

Thank Leanne E
Concord, New Hampshire
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our visit to H.B.F was absolutely wonderful. Although the medium slushes were as big as our heads, we were amazed at all the flavors they had, and the people there were very nice. This is a place you cannot miss on a hot day. Just make sure to get a small!

Thank barnardah
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lively little ice cream/shave ice place staffed with happy people. The shaved ice is huge and many people were enjoying that. We opted ice cream and it was very good. My husband got Kona mudslide and I got chocolate mochi chip. Both great.

Thank raf014
Grand Island, Nebraska
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619 reviews
381 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 348 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

This very popular destination sits in a small strip mall a bit off the beaten path. We were incredibly lucky when we arrived; we walked right up to the counter and placed our order. Just as we placed it, a procession of over 20 people walked in. If your timing is the least bit off, you can end up waiting... More 

Thank mingfatsai
Denver, Colorado
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Great shaved ice quick service. We ordered a small and it was HUGE! Lots of flavor a to choose from.

Thank Michelle M
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Great family owned place for ice cream and shaved ice with ice cream filling. Biggest shaved ice you will ever find.

Thank ArchieB G
Honolulu, Hawaii
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

don't think they're used to huge crowds. Needs some organizing, but when you get your order, it is BIG and nice fine shaved ice. NOT ice chips, but SHAVED ice.. Strawberry flavor is a standard for us, and it was good, not some funky flavoring.

Thank Aimee Y
San Diego, California
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77 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

This is the place to stop by for a sweet treat in Hilo. Located inside the Hilo Shopping Center right off of Kilauea Ave and with plenty of parking! My husband and I were looking for ice cream and of course I was looking for a place that had the local island flavors no plain jane vanilla this time since... More 

Thank Christine D
Honolulu, Hawaii
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Total chaos (you will be entertained). No one behind the counter seemed to care that there was utter confusion as to where the line started..you make a selection, then get out of line to pay for it, then WAIT....AND WAIT....If you see someone getting their order before you even if you KNOW you placed your order way ahead of them...seems... More 

Thank 808HulaLady

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 2 - USD 8
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1263 Kilauea Ave, # 290 - Hilo Shopping Center, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4220
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-961-5935

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?