Oahu’s Triple D – Waiola Shaved Ice – Worth a Trip to Hawaii
To end my Oahu’s Triple D segment is a trip to Waiola’s Shave Ice. No, this is not the Waiola Shave Ice that’s constantly advertised on Hawaii Five-0 and not the one with the bakery.
On my previous trip to Honolulu, a local friend introduced me and my hubby to shaved ice. At first I wasn’t too interested because I imagined it to be like PNE’s snow cone. Coarse, grainy, rough ice doused in food colouring.
When I arrived, it was part of a corner store. But there was a line for the shaved ice which is the first good sign.
Like a Starbucks coffee, pros know how to order it exactly the way they want it. You tell them the size, the flavours and the add-ons (beans, ice cream, etc). The menu can look overwhelming at first glance, but once you know what you want, you can just forget the rest. That’s because you will come back to try the other flavours. And if you are not ordering by their order, the server will point at the sign and ask you again. 😉
The best ones I think are the azuki bowl and the green tea with condensed milk. The green tea doesn’t taste like just matcha powder, it tastes like green tea leaves. I’ve also tried other fruit flavours like POG (pomagranate, orange and guava – very tangy), mango and lychee (my second favourite). I’ve been told that the owners make their own syrup.
I overheard the owners speak to each other in mandarin and asked them where they are from. They came from Taiwan. That makes sense as Taiwanese joints always have shaved ice back at home. I guess it’s their thing.
We tried to come every day or even twice a day for it… It’s definitely worth a trip over the Pacific Ocean.
And that concludes the Oahu Triple D… Happy eating!