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  • What's everybody standing in line for?  Shave ice!
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    by Confucius Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Only ten minutes from Waikiki, Waiola Store is a small old fashioned "mom and pop" style corner market in Moiliili. This is a residential neighborhood in Honolulu that still has a significant Japanese American community. Shave ice originated in Japan, where it is known as "kakigori"
    Most tourists who visit Oahu hear about Matsumoto's Shave Ice in Haleiwa and make a pilgrimage to the north shore in their rental car. It takes 40 minutes to drive to Haleiwa from Waikiki and then you have to stand in line with other tourists for about 20 minutes. If you don't want to spend an hour just to get one shave ice then Waiola Store is an outstanding alternative. In fact, many locals say Waiola's shave ice is "mo' bettah" than Matsumoto's.
    These aren't your average snow cones. The shave ice at Waiola Store is finer than snow, not like the crunchy chopped ice that is common on the US mainland.
    Since you're in Hawai'i why not try one of their homemade tropical fruit flavors, such as lilikoi (passion fruit), guava, mango or lychee? Waiola has the largest variety of flavors and the most toppings of any shave ice place in Hawaii. Japanese tourists like the green tea flavor with sweet red azuki beans on top. This will be an unforgettable culinary and cultural experience for tourists who want to experience the "real Hawaii" and see where locals go to enjoy cold refreshment on a hot day.

    Rainbow shave ice at Waiola Store in Moiliili
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