We ate shave ice from 4 of the top places on Oahu with surprising results.
Ailana: Underwent ownership change this year, so we were curious how that would affect the product. The ice was still very fine and the whole fruit toppings were still stellar, especially the haupia and mango. I recomment the Tropical Trio (haupia, mango and papaya topping with Dave’s Ice Cream) They also offer pancakes and waffles served with the fruit toppings, as well as fruit bowls featuring acai and papaya halves.
Waiola: Went back here as an afterthought, and decided that the blend of fine ice and syrup was as good as any. The problem is with the size of the shave ice (tiny compared to all others) and the skimpiness of the syrup. Lots of white ice on the bottom. A real turnoff for me.
Shimazu Store: Ice was not as fine as in previous trips, though the variety of syrups was the best. Their “small” would be the same size as the small, large and extra large at Waiola. It may have been an off day.
Mountain Magic turned out to be our favorite; The combination of fine ice and syrup was as good as Waiola’s and with three times the ice and the promise of no white ice. Also Dave’s ice cream. Just outstanding. Aunt Jennie also won the personality contest of the four locations.
I also stopped by Ice Garden in Aiea, but found that it had closed. And there was a Yelp review just one week earlier. Anyone know what happened?
I wished I had more time to try new (to us) places, like Your Kitchen. But if you haven’t been to Mountain Magic (Sport Authority parking lot in Waikele) give it a try.