Top 10 Places For Shave Ice In Maui

Not only is shave ice Hawaii’s favorite refreshing treat, but its creation is also very deeply rooted in Hawaii’s agricultural past. Back in the days of Hawaii’s sugarcane and pineapple plantations, it was the Japanese immigrant workers that first developed what we know of as shave ice today. The workers only had Sundays off to rest and began to take blocks of ice and shave them to create a light and cooling snow that would then be covered in natural syrups they made from the pineapple and tropical fruit grown in Hawaii.

Maui Best Shave Ice Places

When Hawaii’s Japanese people moved off of the plantations, many opened their own small businesses; general stores, restaurants, treats shops and convenience stores. As visitors began to travel to the Hawaiian Islands more often, Hawaiian shave ice became an international phenomenon.

Popularized by some of the most famous shave ice spots on Oahu like Aoki’s and Matsumoto, enjoying a Hawaii shave ice is now one of the most ultimate experiences enjoyed in Hawaii today.

If you’re headed to the beautiful Island of Maui, make sure to visit a few of our favorite shave ice spots. Throughout the Valley Isle, residents and guests savor this refreshing treat daily. No matter your age, shave ice is a local delicacy in Hawaii. Enjoy!

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Surf Break Shave Ice

Surf Break Shave Ice is one of the newest shave ice spots on the Island of Maui. Honorable mention and the #1 rating goes to Surf Break — not only for their service and positive aloha vibes but for their organic menu. Surf Break offers premier shave ice, homemade real fruit flavored syrups, organic smoothies and lots of tasty treats that will have you coming back for more.

Whether you’re a visitor or a local Mauian, Surf Break Shave Ice is not to be missed. Located in Kihei, and across the road from the Cove and Kalama Park is one of Maui’s newest local gems. Another fantastic thing about Surf Break Shave Ice is that they are a conscious-minded business. Recycled and biodegradable cups and utensils are used, so less waste and more taste!

At Surf Break Shave Ice, look forward to healthy portions. The size small is pretty big, so make sure to arrive ready to cool down with a satisfying treat. Everything on their menu is fantastic, including the Kona coffee, but if you’re looking for shave ice, make sure to ask for coconut ice cream at the bottom and add sweet cream and a tropical fruit topping.

Address

1975 S. Kihei Rd.,
Kihei HI 96753

Phone

808-446-1748

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Ululani’s Shave Ice

Ululani’s Shave Ice has been one of Maui’s most favorite shave ice locations since 2008. Ululani’s is named after the owner, a woman that grew up in Kalihi, Oahu, and spent her youth eating the finest shave ice possible. Once just a pipe dream, Ululani’s Shave Ice is now available at five locations on Maui ( Lahaina, Kihei, Kahului, Hyatt Regency, Maui Lani) and one location on the Big Island (Kailua-Kona).

The greatest thing about walking into an Ululani’s shave ice spot is knowing that you’re about to experience one of the most fantastic shave ice ventures in the world! Ululani’s offers over 45 flavors and some pretty awesome combination choices. Favorite flavors include tamarind, matcha green tea, pickled mango, lychee, and Thai tea. If you’re looking to taste a combo, guests can pick from an array of choices. Our favorites are the No Ka Oi (coconut, mango, and lilikoi) and Local Motion (mango, Li hing mui, pineapple and topped with Li hing mui powder). More toppings include Roselani Maui-made ice cream, hand-cut mochi, Azuki beans, and shredded coconut.


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Local Boys Shave Ice

Local Boys Shave Ice is one of the finest purveyors of local-style shave ice throughout all the Hawaiian Islands! With two locations on Maui, visitors and residents can visit them at Local Boys West (Lahaina) or Local Boys South (Kihei).

Big kudos goes to Local Boys Shave Ice not just because of their incredible menu, but also because they were the first shave ice spot on Maui to offer recycled/compostable cups and utensils. Without a doubt, the owner and his team love the Island of Maui, and being socially responsible is super important to them. We love this about Local Boys! Upon entering one of their shops, expect upbeat aloha vibes, roots reggae tunes, and a room full of laughter and satisfaction.

Over 45 flavors are available at Local Boys, favorites being POG (pineapple, orange, guava), Margarita, and Shark’s Blood. Real fruit flavors include Li hing mui, mango, papaya, pineapple, and strawberry. They also have over 12 impressive combos to try like the Snow White (coconut and pina colada) and the Big Daddy (strawberry, blue vanilla, and passion fruit). If your mouth isn’t already watering, you can also enjoy a real bang for your buck with free toppings like Roselani Ice Cream, mochi balls, gummy bears, homemade Azuki beans, licorice, and Kauai cream.


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Surfing Monkey Hawaiian Shave Ice

Surfing Monkey Hawaiian Shave Ice is another fabulous Maui shave ice spot with multiple locations in South Maui. You can visit a Surfing Monkey Hawaiian Shave Ice store at Shops at Wailea, Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, and a brick and mortar location on South Kihei Road. All of their syrups are made with real sugar cane; you won’t find the super-fake stuff here.

Surfing Monkey offers a variety of flavors including all-natural (no artificial colors or flavors) choices like pomegranate, banana, lemonade, coconut, lychee, and Kona coffee. They also have a pretty good selection of typical shave ice flavors like orange dreamsicle, cotton candy, and pink bubble gum. Add-ons include the usual toppings like ice cream, sweet cream, Azuki beans, and Li hing mui powder, but Surfing Monkey also has chocolate syrup!

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Tobi’s Shave Ice

Tobi’s Shave Ice doesn’t just have Maui’s favorite super tasty treat, but they also serve it in biodegradable cups! Woo-hoo! Another great thing about Tobi’s is that it’s like a one-stop-shop on Maui’s North Shore. Located in Paia Town, here is where you stop for shave ice, local food mixed plates, freshly made ahi poke, locally made banana bread, and Maui souvenirs.

While heading on the Hana Highway, Tobi’s is an excellent spot for lunch and an afternoon treat. Parking is in the back of the location, and they have this superb mist machine that lightly sprays above the outdoor seating area highlighting the cooling down effect. Excellent North Shore vibes, ono grinds, and friendly local service are all top qualities of Tobi’s in Paia. When at Tobi’s, make sure to look at the ‘Specials’ board to see what’s new and fresh. On any day of the week, you’ll find shave ice, fresh ahi poke, seared ahi plates, shoyu chicken, hot dogs, chili dogs, acai bowls, coffee, espresso drinks and so much more.

Don’t forget to pick up some Maui souvenirs like a cool and customized ESKYFlavor hat – this is one of the best spots to find a massive selection of Maui’s famous trucker hats.

Address

27 Hana Why.,
Paia HI 96779

Phone

808-579-9745

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Rustbuckets Maui

Rustbuckets Maui is located at mile marker 8 on the Road to Hana. Here is a super special place for not only shave ice on Maui but also for the most delicious banana bread, cold brew coconut coffee drinks, and delicious BBQ grinds.

We love everything about Rustbuckets so much! Not only does this spot fully emanate Maui’s best vibes and local service, but guess what else? They serve incredibly mouth-watering shave ice in a ti-leaf cone with a bamboo straw and a bamboo spoon. No plastic= no waste! Amazing.

At Rustbuckets, their shave ice flavors are all-natural and homemade. They use organic cane sugar, water, and fruit- that’s it! No yucky stuff here. The fruit is all local with flavors like guava, lime, orange, banana, mango, grapefruit, ginger, blueberry, watermelon, and strawberry. Hibiscus is one of the most popular flavors, and they always have a tasty selection of seasonal fruits. This place is the real deal!

Address

Road to Hana
(Mile Marker 8)

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Maui Mike’s Beach House

Maui Mike’s Beach House is located in Lahaina right next to the Taco Bell. Besides offering some of the best shave ice on Maui, Mike’s Beach House also has a shop with women’s, men’s and kids’ clothes and accessories, surfboard rentals, hot dogs, and dairy-free ice cream.

When visiting Maui Mike’s, consider everything you need for a fun day at the beach, including a refreshing shave ice treat! Guests can choose three flavors, add ice cream, and enjoy local-style. Flavors include the standard array of banana, grape, coconut, cotton candy, guava, mango, pineapple, peach, and more. Special flavors include sugar-free strawberry, sugar-free passion fruit, tigers blood, melona, Li hing mui, and red velvet.

Maui Mike’s Beach House is one of the few places (besides on the Road to Hana) where you can try Coconut Glen’s Maui-made dairy-free ice cream, so we most definitely suggest that you take advantage of this rare opportunity on the West Side. Add to your shave ice treat and choose from dairy-free ice cream flavors like coconut, vanilla, macadamia nut, mint chocolate chip, chocolate, and pineapple.

Address

126 Hinau St.,
Lahaina HI 96761

Phone

808-661-7828


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Breakwall Shave Ice

Breakwall Shave Ice is located right next to Down the Hatch in Lahaina. In fact, it is one of their sister businesses. Not only is Breakwall Shave Ice an excellent choice for Maui’s favorite treat, but adults 21+ can order shave ice with a little bit of booze. We’re pretty sure that every cocktail lover has at least once in their life thought about how delicious shave ice could be with a little kick, and it’s possible here!

Adult shave ice cocktails at Breakwall’s can customize to your desire, or you can choose from a selection of ‘icy cocktails’ like a strawberry guava daiquiri, mudslide, mai tai, mango margarita, mojito float or a pina colada. For the ‘virgin’ shave ice choices (non-alcoholic), guests of all ages can pick from a variety of regular and natural flavors. Breakwall has a great list of natural flavors, so make sure to try guava strawberry, cinnamon bun, orange mango, dragonfruit, mojito mint, limeade, and the acai.

Address

658 Front St. #104,
Lahaina HI 96761

Phone

808-661-4900


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Gus’ Hawaiian Shave Ice

Gus’ Hawaiian Shave Ice is typically located in Kihei but can be found at a variety of hot spots around the Island of Maui. These guys also offering catering and party services, so definitely make sure to hit them up on social media or check their website for their daily location.

So, what’s so cool about Gus’ Shave Ice? Well, Gus is a Volkswagen bus! Their menu is slightly limited in size, but not in offerings. Here, you can choose from a small Keiki shave ice, Da Bruddah (size large and comes with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream), and refreshing ice cream drinks (combo of ice cream and shave ice blended). One more fantastic thing about Gus’ is that they only serve locally made and 100% sugar cane syrups. Here, you can enjoy the flavor of the islands and check out a pretty awesome vintage VW.

Address

1975 S. Kihei Rd.,
Kihei HI 96753

Phone

808-268-7413

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Peace Love Shave Ice

Peace Love Shave Ice is one of the most popular shave ice spots on the island. Known throughout the local community, here is a tremendous little shave ice business to visit in South Kihei. This fun treat shop is your definite go-to spot for fantastic shave ice on Maui, coffee drinks, snacks, and refreshing ice drinks like their Maui-Rita or Frozen Hot Chocolate.

Rave reviews are in total abundance for the crew at Peace, Love Shave Ice. Just check Yelp and TripAdvisor and you’ll see how much residents and visitors love this Maui shave ice spot! When chillin’ out with the peace-love crew, expect an experience full of tasty concoctions, laughter and family fun. These guys made the big boy list for so many reasons including their use of 100% natural (no dyes) shave ice syrups. All syrups are made with Raw Maui Cane Sugar Syrup and they even have sugar-free options.

Order a Peace Love Shave Ice and choose three syrups from a long list of traditional and natural (gluten-free) choices like guava, passionfruit, pineapple, green apple, root beer, melona, cotton candy, Li hing mui and more.

Address

Azeka Center (near Post Office)
1280 South Kihei Rd.,
Kihei HI 96753

Phone

808-264-9090

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Mahalo for reading Pride of Maui’s Top 10 Places for Shave Ice in Maui blog! Where are your favorite places to get shave ice on Maui? Make sure to share this post and let us how you like to order your shave ice…