When you visit Hawaii be sure to eat a Hawaiian shaved ice

Hawaiian shaved ice

Hawaiian shaved ice

To say that Shave Ice is popular in Hawaii is an understatement.  Shave Ice is THE cool treat in the islands and anyone who has ever driven through Haleiwa Town on Oahu’s North Shore and have seen the lines for Shave Ice, could attest to that fact.  For many people, whether local residents or visitors from afar, Shave Ice is often worth the twenty-person deep line often found at the more popular establishments.  The best part is that Shave Ice, notice we do not say shaved ice, can only be found in Hawaii. Read the rest of this entry »

The history of Hawaiian shave ice

This guy waited over 20 minutes to get his Shave Ice. He said, "It was worth the wait."

This guy waited over 20 minutes to get his Shave Ice.

The “Roaring Twenties” in America introduced the first television, jazz music and shave ice! From 1920 to 1930, Japanese plantation workers left their country to find work in Hawaii, where they spent long hot days working in the sugar and pineapple fields. With the scorching Hawaii climate, shave ice was a great way to quench their thirst and break the heat. Fortunately, the only day they had off from work was the only day that shave ice was sold. Read the rest of this entry »

How to make your own Hawaiian shave ice

Making shaved ice

Making Hawaiian shaved ice

With today’s tough economic climate, getting your daily fix of shave ice can be expensive. Luckily, the treat is easy and cheap to make on your own, requiring minimal ingredients: ice, syrup and any other ingredients you wish to add, such as Azuki beans, sweetened condensed milk, nuts, or chocolate syrup.

Using a blender or a mixer, you can mix ice cubes into a fine texture. Though this may not recreate the authentic, light consistency of Hawaiian shave ice, it comes pretty close. If you don’t have a blender or mixer, ice can be crushed easily using a rolling pin. If you are a die-hard shave ice fan, it might be beneficial to buy an actual Hawaiian shave ice machine; a good machine can cost as little as $40 and can be found online. Read the rest of this entry »