Shave Ice Shack

Today’s adventure? A trip to the shave ice shack across the road from the condo. We (and the kids!) love shave ice. That right! It is called shave ice not shaved ice. Only a haole (which has an interesting etymology) would call it shaved ice and only a fool would equate it with a sno-cone (ick).

S&Q's Shave Ice Shack

S&Q’s Shave Ice Shack

S&Q's Shave Ice Shack

S&Q’s Shave Ice Shack

Shave ice, although it originated in Japan, is a long standing Hawaiian tradition. In Hawaii, if you order it correctly it has 3 layers:

  • Bottom (usually composed of ice cream (most often vanilla) or adzuki beans).
  • Shave ice layer (made by shaving a block of ice, best done by hand into layers of snowy flakes saturated with at least 2 flavors of sticky sugar syrup with favors such as:
Choose 2 Flavors

Choose 2 Flavors

  • Layer of toppings such as haupia (a sweet coconut cream), regular cream, chocolate, caramel, whip cream, or li hing mui powder (salty, sweet and sour plum)

Everybody got something different, but equally delicious.

Heath putting in his order.

Heath putting in his order.

Cody with gummy worms on bottom and POG & Shark's Blood on top.

Cody with gummy worms on bottom and POG & Shark’s Blood on top.

Gummy worms on bottom and Shark's Blood and Pina Colada w/Haupia on top.

Gummy worms on bottom and Shark’s Blood and Pina Colada w/Haupia on top.

Tawny w/Ice Cream bottom and POG & Lilikoi (passion fruit) w/Haupia on top

Tawny w/Ice Cream bottom and POG & Lilikoi (passion fruit) w/Haupia on top

I put adzuki beans on the bottom of mine!

Marc's with Coconut and Lihingmui w/Haupia

Marc’s with Coconut and Lihingmui w/Haupia

Yarrow's Cotton Candy with  gummy bears on the bottom

Yarrow’s Cotton Candy with gummy bears on the bottom

Heath w/mochi on bottom and blue raspberry on top

Heath w/mochi on bottom and blue raspberry on top

Tamra and Heath

Tamra and Heath

The Kids! All sugared up!

The Kids! All sugared up!

 

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