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Hawaiian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 4 April 2024 via mobile

Every time we visit Waikiki, we enjoy Island Vintage Shaved Ice located in front of the Royal Hawaiian shops. They have the BEST shaved ice!!! The ice is so finely shaved, almost snow-like texture, served with ice cream or yogurt center & natural fruit flavors...accompanied by boba bubbles & mochi. Simply the best shaved ice!!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 April 2024

We had heard good things about Hawaiian shave ice, so we wanted to find out for ourselves. My daughters and I each ordered a different flavor so we could all sample a bit of each. I ordered the Lillikoi flavor, one daughter ordered the Hawaiian...rainbow and the other ordered Mango. We also shared our shave ices with my husband, since they were really large and we had eaten a big dinner only a couple hours before. We all liked the shave ice, but agreed they were a little too sweet for our taste. One of my daughters did not care for the mochi pieces in her shave ice and also did not like the boba bead she tried from mine. We agreed it was not something we would want to eat on a consistent basis, especially considering each one cost nearly $11. Despite the workers at the counter not knowing the answer to a question I had, they were very pleasant and worked efficiently to craft our treats.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 29 March 2024

Island Vintage Shave Ice is a booth in front of the Royal Hawaiian Mall. You use a tablet to order and we were able to substitute a couple of flavors on the Hawaiian Rainbow. It cost $10.95 which is quite a bit more expensive than...Matsumoto's but we felt it was very worth it. Ours came with fresh strawberries, lilikoi, mochi and ice cream (covered by the shave ice). It was so delicious. I wish we had time to come back for more but unfortunately, the one time was it. There was only 1 person working the booth when we were there around noon on a Tuesday. We waited about 15 minutes for our order.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 March 2024 via mobile

Excellent shave ice on the beach. We shared a coconut island shave ice three times during our six day stay. The beach is close enough to cross the street to enjoy ocean views with this delicious treat.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 20 December 2023 via mobile

Cute little place next to the mall, you order on a large iPad and then each item is made fresh to order. The portion size is insane and is more than enough for 1 adult. Suggest to share to cut on waste and the pocketbook...hit.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 23 October 2023 via mobile

One of the more interesting shaved icebplaces we tried, with a good variety of flavors and toppings. The servings are a good size and the presentation is gorgeous. The line can be long but it moves pretty quickly. Only negative is that is pretty pricey...

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 16 September 2023 via mobile

It was an average. The pictures look amazing but the serving size is very small and there was hardly any toppings were added.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 20 August 2023

The reason I gave it only a three rating is because the last two times I went the ice cream in the shaved ice tasted bad as if it spolied. Otherwise you go to a tablet place your order, pay and wait to pick up....The product itself is good for Waikiki but doesnt come close to the local places on the island. If in Waikiki this is a somewhat good choice as long as the ice cream is good.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 6 August 2023

Best shaved ice on the island, true fruity flavours with a real quality to it, my favourite one I tried my whole trip!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 4 August 2023

Great flavor, great items, shave, not shaved, ice is full of flavor. You can get it with yogurt or ice cream. Boba toppings and more. Split one with your date. Enjoy

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 24 July 2023 via mobile

We visited this establishment three times during our stay in Waikiki. The first time we had the Hawaiian rainbow, the second time we created our own shave ice dessert, and the third time we had the soft ice cream. Each dessert was yummy! Check out...this establishment for shave ice if you're in the Waikiki area.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 July 2023

The Old Lady is always on a never-ending-quest for good shave ice and was given this location by a hotel employee who swore by it. Having been to many places, this is now her go-to spot on Oahu. She walked there every single day we...were in Waikiki and says eating their shave ice just makes her feel happy. Happiness in a bowl, what a find! Don't be daunted by the line, it is well worth the wait. Best shave ice on Oahu.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 14 June 2023

shave ice was good but over-rated, Malaysian Ice Kachang or Vietnamese 3 colors desert are nicer, but shave ice was good in a hot day

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 10 June 2023 via mobile

Delicious and tasted like fresh fruit. I got the Heavenly Lilikoi, which includes frozen yogurt - unlike any shaved ice I’ve ever had! I enjoyed mine and my kids, who got a variety of flavors, liked them too - word of advice: eat fast!! They...melt very quickly (brain freezes from trying to eat before it all melted) and will leave you with a bowl of shaved ice soup lol. Overall good, but if I saw them served on the mainland, I’m not sure if I would get again. It was more for our curiosity of what shaved ice with ice cream or frozen yogurt would taste like lol - in the Southwest, shaved ice is crushed ice with a cheap flavored syrup that can probably be found at the dollar store 🤷‍♀️More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 14 May 2023 via mobile

We were vacationing in Waikiki and came across this great shaved ice place in front of the Royal Hawaiian mall. You’ll understand why there’s a long line of people waiting, by far the BEST shaved ice we ever had. Ingredients used seem all natural and...definitely worth the wait!!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Response from Julie M | Reviewed this property |
That's a good question. They use chopped up fruit as toppings and the syrup tasted better than the artificially flavored ones at some of the other shave ice places we tried. I doubt they were organic though.
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