“a refreshing island treat”
Throughout the world, almost everyone has enjoyed finely chopped flavored ice served in paper cups. In Hawaii locals produce a similar concoction called shave ice and the best comes from Matsumoto on the north shore of Oahu. While most tourists will simply drive by this non-descript general store that sells everything from t-shirts to snorkeling equipment, those who recognize the refreshing affect of sipping flavored liquid runoff produced by the shave ice, line up in this dank hole-in-the-wall to partake in a Hawaiian tradition.
As you make your way through the line, you eventually reach the unique ice-shaving machine that literally takes a block of clear ice and finely cuts micron thin slices that forms a non-granular slush ready to be piled high in a paper cone. Matsumoto offers a variety of colorful flavored liqueur toppings that are poured over the shave ice giving it a rainbow of wonderful colors.
For a slight extra charge, you can get a small ball of vanilla ice cream or a spoon full of sweet flavored “azuki” beans placed in the bottom of the cup beneath the ice. This added treat greatly enhances the overall taste experience as you slurp the resulting melting slurry through your straw. Take lots of napkins with you since the combination of rapid ice meltdown and the limited cup capacity will eventually produce overflow. But, on a balmy 80+ degree Hawaiian day- what could taste better?!
Really good! Especially with ice cream! Line can be long, but it goes by fast.
The shave ice is very tasty! We visited in November and there was no wait. We can't wait to visit O'ahu again!
Best shave ice on the island!
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Matsumoto Shave Ice
- Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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