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Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed 14 October 2023

I was so disappointed. I love shave ice and had read good reviews about Waiola Shave Ice. Maybe it was one of their other locations. I'm being generous by giving them a rating of three out of five. First of all, the service was horrendous....She couldn't have been ruder. The ice was soft and fluffy which saved them from getting a worse rating. The flavor was tasteless, just like colored water. I was very much looking forward to this shave ice, but unfortunately my experience at Waiola Shave Ice was not a positive one.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 14 November 2022

The ice in Waiola Shave Ice has the smoothest and finest grains I've ever had in a Shave Ice. The red bean special which I had was delicious, but the other flavors didn't seem very interesting to me. Overall, I loved the one I had.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 15 March 2022

We had an Obama Rainbow (Passion, Lime, Cherry), Thai Tea, and Pineapple with Cherry and Passion. Everyone loved theirs. The wooden spoons were a nice touch.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 10 January 2022

We saw a lot of you tubes and forums recommending the waiola shave ice in Oahu so we thought we should check that out. I think the place became famous because president Obama ordered a rainbow shave ice there (he is hawaiian born). We, thought...the ice cream was fine, the sirup was tasty, but not much more than that, and we were wondering what the fuss was. It was a decent but regular shave ice place. Anyway, it probably beats the shave ice you get in some waikiki mall. Having said that, my family prefer to have our shave ice fixture in the north shore, either in Matsumoto or Aoki. Our opinion though.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 21 September 2021

The texture of the ice is nice, but the flavor and taste were very diluted and weak and we were left wondering why everyone makes such a big deal of this place. Also, the ladies who served us were rude and impatient and overall we...had a poor impression of this place. Wouldn't go back.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 9 July 2021

My wife and I went here after a hike up to the top of Diamond Head. We were hot and tired and the delicious shave ice hit the spot!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 25 June 2021

I have been coming to Waiola Shave Ice for over 20 years. This was my first visit in a long time. Something has happened to the flavours, perhaps it has high fructose corn syrup now as the residue of the syrup is sticky. Additionally, the...flavours taste like chemicals now, without the depth of flavour it used to have. The ice cream was yellow and gooey. I was so disappointed yesterday, the first time I have felt this way ever about Waiola Shave Ice. I will not be going back again.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 7 June 2021

Why did it take me so long to find it? This place has the best shave ice in all of Hawaii. The ice is so fine. The flavors are delish. And, they are so inexpensive. How can you beat that!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 30 December 2020 via mobile

Waiola is a corner store in a residential part of Honolulu but they serve some pretty good shave ice. I think Matsumoto might try to do it up more traditionally whereas it looks like Waiola intentionally makes it more creative and pushes the boundaries. Their...menu is on their outside wall and seems to encourage you to try different variants - like with ice cream or syrups or flavors or whatnot. Good sign that lots of locals came while we were here - many straight from the beach. Inside store is rundown looking and TBH the shave ice folks didn't seem like they were in the greatest of mood but you're here to get a somewhat different take (and still good) on shave ice.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 3 July 2020

A small local place to stop to have some dessert, but the reputation of this place precedes it. The ice is very fine, and you will find many options of flavors. It is a place to stop for ice shave even though it keeps itself...remarkably busy.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 10 April 2020

Once you’ve had their shave ice, you won’ t be happy with it anywhere else! Off the beaten path but worth the time to get there!

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 31 January 2020

Oh. My. Gosh. If you had told me I would fall in love with shave ice with sweetened condensed milk and mochi, I would have protested and said that it is a strange combo. I would have been dead wrong! This was the most delicious...shave ice I have ever had and is NOTHING like the snow cones I'm used to in the summer here in California. You have to go to this place and try it for yourself. They have great flavors and options for toppings and accompaniments, so you should be able to find something you like, regardless of your personal taste.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 31 December 2019 via mobile

Mediocre flavors, small portions, run down look and area, bland service- you can do better than this place. I only ate 1/2 of mine...

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 14 December 2019

My husband found this place, and wow... I was very impressed. It's in a dumpier neighborhood it seems, so we had to park a bit further away. We almost decided to leave after circling for a bit, but so glad we didn't. If we lived...nearby, this would have been very very terrible for me, as I would be there everyday to try all the different flavors.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 21 October 2019

I tried the Rainbow Ice Cream bowl - one of their specials. Ice cream with shave ice on top? What's not to love? Perfect on a hot day. So tasty & satisfying.

Date of visit: October 2019
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WAIOLA SHAVE ICE, Honolulu - 3113 Mokihana St, Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis - Restaurant Reviews, Food Delivery & Takeaway - Tripadvisor

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Waiola Shave Ice is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5