The best shave ice we had on the islands last January was at Jojo’s, Waimea Kauai. When we were there the machine had a sharp blade and the syrups were very flavorful. We stopped there a few times that week. One flavor I really liked was Li Hing Mui. It is a must try… well, at least once -- I like it but maybe it is not for everyone. It seem to have a slight burn on the tongue caused by maybe some Asian seasonings or something. I have tried that flavor at several other places but it was not near as good as at Jojo’s. I also had the Macadamia nut ice cream on the bottom of my shave ice. IMO, this mac nut ice cream was even better than what I had at Lappert’s. I asked what brand name ice cream they used and I was told, “Dreyer’s.”
Jojo’s shave ice is located on the main road, Kaumualii Hwy, as it passes through Waimea.
I noticed another shave ice place in Waimea called “Jojo's Anuenue.” What really caught my eye was, 1, the name was near the same as Jojo's and, 2, all the customers that went inside were locals. That compelled me to ask one guy what was going on. He said the original Jojo’s is the old shack on Kaumualii Hwy but the new place (Jojo's Anuenue) is owned by the original owner of the old shack. He said the original owner sold Jojo’s to the new owner and then later she opened Jojo's Anuenue around the corner. He said the only difference is that the old place always has a long line of tourist and the new place is cleaner and faster and that is why the locals go there. The next day I decided to try Jojo's Anuenue and went inside and had what seem to be the same product served by very happy island girls.
Jojo's Anuenue is located on the little road that goes toward the pier, just around the corner from the original Jojo’s. Waimea Kauai
In Hanalei I ate the best hot meal I had on Kauai. I think the name of the place is Panda’s Kitchen but I am not sure. I am sure it was across the street from Bubba’s Burgers Hanalei location. This place is so small. It faces the main street and you walk up onto a small porch with a wooden counter top facing the street. The view of that high mountain when sitting at that counter is incredible. When you walk inside do not take an extra step or you will be at the wok in the kitchen. They offer several meats including at least shrimp, chicken and beef. I had shrimp fried rice and a guava drink for just under $10. So much flavor and served so hot. I did not have to add anything and my time at that counter on that little wooden porch was a time / meal I will recall every time I think of the islands or fried rice.
Panda’s Kitchen (unsure about the name) is across the street from BUBBA'S BURGERS