Hawaii's Shave Ice and Ice Cream
The two most critical components in the making of the Islands' favorite frosty treat—shave ice—are the fineness of the "shave" and the quality of the syrup. The shave should be almost powdery, like snow. Top that ice with tropical flavors like mango, lilikoi (passion fruit), or guava. For a multipart taste sensation, start with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the bottom (and maybe some Japanese adzuki beans), add shave ice and flavoring, and then top it with a drizzle of cream or a sprinkle of li hing mui powder for a salty-pungent kick. Tom's Mini Mart (372 Waiehu Beach Rd., Wailuku 808/244–2323) boasts the largest selection of toppings. Ululani's (333 Dairy Rd. 360/606–2745) in Kahului, two locations in Lahaina (790 and 819 Front St. 360/606–2745), and one in Kihei (61 S. Kihei Rd. 360/606–2745) makes "gourmet" shave ice.
Prefer ice cream on its own? Maui's Own Roselani has been made from scratch in Wailuku since 1932. Look for the brand's line of Tropics flavors, available at all Maui supermarkets. Haupia (coconut pudding) is the best-selling flavor. Some of the best ice-cream parlors are Puukolii General Store & Ice Cream Shoppe at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas (6 Kai Ala Dr., Kaanapali 808/667– 3200), Royal Scoops (2780 Kekaa Dr., Kaanapali 808/661–3611) at the Royal Lahaina Resort, Peggy Sue's (1279 S. Kihei Rd., No. 303 808/875–8944) in Kihei, and Makawao Sushi & Deli (3647 Baldwin Ave., Makawao 808/573–9044).
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