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Reviewed 28 July 2020

Thank you Waiola for your $1 special during July. I actually discovered you even have a parking lot. DUH! Tried to take my granddaughter for a treat but was there too early. Took note of your hours from Noon -6. We'll be back!

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 9 April 2020

Of all the shave ice we've had on the islands (Maui, BI, Kauai, Oahu, North Shore), this original Waiola is the Best! The fine shaved ice, the best variety of full flavored syrups & you can get azuki beans. Most places are "commercialized", this is...old school "mom&pop". There are wood benches outside the store. A requisite stop every time we visit Honolulu. The other Waiola location is not good.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 25 February 2020

Very soft shaved ice. Parking took forever to get, just bad luck with timing as we kept circling the block waiting for a spot to open in the parking lot. So many flavours to pick from. Had the pina colada and a vanilla and chocolate....Both were good. Wish I would have tried one with red bean too. Worth the visit!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 31 December 2019 via mobile

A little, whole on the corner, shaved ice and convenience store. Guava passion fruit shaved ice was yummy. There was a line halfway down the street. Good little business!

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 31 October 2019 via mobile

This is my go to for shave ice. The owner is friendly and the selection of flavors are plentiful!! The ice is shaved very fine and be careful or you'll get a headache from eating too fast! Enjoy

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 17 October 2019 via mobile

Funny place in the middle of the suburbs, a fairly easy walk from Waikiki. Ridiculous number of flavours available, can be a little hard to figure out how it all works as there seem to be diagrams and menus plastered all over the outside of...the store. Not too busy when we were there, still a bit hard to find a seat. Fairly grungy location but the tastiest shave ice ever!More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 15 October 2019

It's weird that this little shop out of the tourist area actually has the best shave ice in the world. We had Matsumoto's Shave Ice the day before and it doesn't compare to what Waiola's Shave Ice is. It's so finely shaved that it just...melts in your mouth. I'm drooling just thinking about Wailo's Shave Ice. Fun fact, this is the same shop that Hawaii Five 0 did one of their scene.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 22 September 2019 via mobile

We were brought here by our tour guide. Prices are reasonable for the size and there are many flavors to choose from. Several from our group got ice cream on bottom and s fee got a snow top. Both were delicious and I would recommend...getting it the way you want it!! Wait staff were nice and helpful. There is a penny smasher on site.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 5 September 2019

We tried Matsumoto and many other shaved ice locations and this was by far the best place - fine ice and great flavors. We ended up coming every day after a hike to Diamond Head or Manoma Falls. Great value as well!

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 16 August 2019

Shave ice is a Hawaii staple; locals love it, tourists flock to it. Usually people trek to the other side of the island to get that hot day treat, but honestly the best place on Oahu is Waiola! Located in Mo'ili'ili, it's just a quick...walk or bike ride from Waikiki; easily accessible by bus or ride-share. Parking is free on the street; they also have a dedicated parking lot behind. Waiola is a corner store that opened in 1940; it still looks like it did back then. The store has all kinds of local foods and drinks to-go, it's a true mom and pop convenience store. The real draw is the shave ice window. Be sure to peek behind and see the old ice spinning machine that shaves the ice. Waiola's ice is the softest you'll get; it almost feels like you're eating ice cream. Outside of the standard flavors and mixes, you can also get ice cream, beans, and other toppings. Prices are low, perfect for a family treat. They have shave ice statues for pictures, and a crushed penny machine for a souvenir. Also look at the back of the store for t-shirts and other branded merchandise. This is a must-stop for tourists and locals alike looking for a cold treat on a hot day!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Waiola Shave Ice is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5