WHEN IT’S HOT, IT’S TIME FOR LAHAINA SHAVE ICE: Lahaina Shave Ice Brings Nostalgic Local Neighborhood Treats to Waikiki
The arrival of Lahaina Shave Ice in Waikiki means the Kalakaua Avenue just got a whole lot sweeter and more nostalgic for many local and returning visitors!
Located out of sight within Pagoda Waikiki (former Hawaiiana Hotel), Lahaina Shave Ice gives the local “mom and pops” concept an upgraded polish. Owner Kristen Moetulu’s love for Maui, a well-traveled vacation destination for her family, inspired Lahaina Shave Ice. “We travel to Maui once, sometimes twice a year and my grandpa was born and raised in Lahaina.” The shop translated both Moetulu’s love for Maui and nostalgic flavors from her childhood in the offerings. Besides shave ice, the 600sqft space will also feature Dole Whip, Maui Manjookies, a grab & go menu, and logo goods.
“We grew up eating shave ice, so it brings back the nostalgia of childhood,” says owner Kristen Moetulu. “And, it’s simply the perfect treat for our hot Hawaii weather.” The shop features over 25 flavors for shave ice with sizes that include Keiki ($4) and Regular ($5.50) and add-on toppings ($0.50 – $0.75) such as boba ($050), adzuki beans (+$0.75) and homemade mochi ($.0.50). Other topping options include fresh fruits including strawberries, mangoes, and pineapples as well as condensed milk toppings in a varies of flavors like caramel, matcha green tea, and chocolate. The sweets shop will also offer unique monthly flavors as well.
The Dole Whip has become as synonymous with Hawaiian desserts as Shave Ice. Lahaina Shave Ice will feature the original Pineapple as well as Coconut flavor. A regular-sized option is $5, or juice could be added to make it a Dole Whip float ($5.50). Another local favorite, Li Hing powder, or fruit toppings will also be available for an additional $0.50.
Maui-inspired signature menu items include,
The Lahaina ($7.50)
Pineapple-Coconut Dole Whip Swirl in a homemade waffle bowl made of Lahaina Shave Ice original pancake mix, topped with Lilikoi-Pineapple Manjookie Crumble
HERE’S THE TEA ($6.50)
Green Tea, Thai Tea, Milk Tea with Boba, homemade Mochi, and Condensed Milk
Pineapple, Li Hing with fresh Pineapple and Haupia Snow Cap
Coconut, Orange Cream, Melona with homemade Mochi and Adzuki Beans
Pina Colada, Lychee, Lilikoi with Haupia Snow Cap
Mango, Grape, Watermelon with Ice Cream and Condensed Milk
Another beloved local treat is the Maui Manjookie, a cross between a Japanese Manju (a Japanese confection featuring a sweet filling) and a cookie. Manjookies have a flakey, buttery crust and filled with uniquely Hawaiian flavors. Lahaina Shave Ice will feature a mouth-watering array of options including Lilikoi-Pineapple, Coconut, and Ube (purple Okinawan Sweet Potato) for $15 (in packs of five pieces), and Chocolate-dipped Peanut Butter and White Chocolate-dipped Ube Manjookies for $18 (pack of five). The shop will also feature an exclusive selection Maui Manjookies’ cookies and chips, usually sold only on Maui.
Grab & Go
For customers looking for a quick (savory) bite, Lahaina Shave Ice will also have salads ($10.75) and sandwiches ($8 – $12) made fresh daily along with Spam Musubi ($2.50).
The shop features a vibrant mural by Luke DeKneef of POW WOW Hawaii—an obligatory photo-op for customers that are eager to pose with their shave ice or Dole Whip treats. Logo items such as t-shirts, hats, mugs and tote bags emblazoned with the same adorable shave ice character by DeKneef and juicy bubble letters.
In celebration of its grand opening, the sweet’s shop is treating all customers to a BOGO—Buy One, Get One half off. The BOGO grand opening promotion applies to items of the same size or second item that is lesser in value and will be available through Saturday, August 31, 2019.
Street parking is available but limited; however, other options include metered parking at the Saratoga Post Office property and valet parking at neighboring hotels.
Lahaina Shave Ice
Address: Pagoda Waikiki (formerly the Hawaiiana Hotel) 260 Beach Walk, Honolulu, HI 96815
Business Hours: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM, daily
Instagram: @lahaina.shave.ice #lahainashaveice