President Obama and the First Family, when vacationing in Kailua, go to Island Snow, a surf shop that serves the best shave ice I have ever had. The shop is located close to the Presidential vacation compound.
What is Hawaiian Shave Ice? Hawaiian Shave Ice is made with a special ice shaving machines that produces a light fluffy product. Hawaiian Snow syrups are formulated specifically for shave ice, and when combined with the finely shaved he syrups do not drain to the bottom of the cup. Traditional snow cones are crushed, coarse ice, which retain a lot of water in the ice, and makes the product dense and heavy, allowing the syrups to drain quickly to the bottom of the cup.
There were lots of choices on flavors. I had the crazy cotton candy, while Steve had the Banzai Banana. Fred and I had the scoop of vanilla ice cream in the bottom of the cup. I wasn’t impress with the ice cream, the syrup did not reach the ice cream and seemed to take away from the shaved ice. I tried other Hawaiian shaved ices everywhere we went and never found another one that could even touch this one!
I don’t remember what flavor Fred got but it seems to like it.