Matsumoto Shave Ice

Ice Cream Shop, Dessert Shop, and Snack Place$$$$
North Shore, Hale‘iwa
  • The experts at The Wall Street Journal and Food & Wine recommend this place
    • The Wall Street Journal
    • Food & Wine
  • Wendy B.
    "Get a Large with ice cream and beans, and make sure to get a holder."(14 Tips)
    Meg F.
    "Loved the tropical combo with guava, papaya and lilikoi."(6 Tips)
    NOWNESS ..
    "coconut and li hing"(4 Tips)
    "Just like a Snow Cone, but better."(3 Tips)
152 Tips and reviews
  • ice cream
  • holder
  • lilikoi
  • shaved ice
  • snow cones
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  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaFebruary 20
    Delicious and worth the wait. Line moves quick. A small / regular is enough for 2 people.
  • Jole P.
    Jole PDecember 29, 2017
    Honestly not really worth the long line and the mochi was gross... Like wet Korean dokk more than Japanese mochi.
  • Ailie C.
    Ailie ChangNovember 26, 2017
    Try the Li Hing flavor. Shaved ice was good, the adzuki beans and mochi were NOT good here. Restroom is located outside the shops Code: 3124 for Women and 4213 for Men.
  • Erik V.
    Erik VizcarraSeptember 28, 2017
    Been wanting to visit this place got to try Matsumoto shave ice and got to try ichiban really good
  • Spencer B.
    Spencer BrownellAugust 1, 2017
    Most people love this place! I am not one... Way too sweet for me.
  • Nate L.
    Nate LawlerJuly 16, 2017
    Long lines!
  • Ulysses ..
    Ulysses .May 16, 2017
    Beans and ice cream are good, but the shaved ice flavors are super super sweet. Welcome to diabetes town. Neither my wife or I could finish ours - even in the small version - due to the sweetness
  • Jeffrey R.
    Jeffrey RobertsonApril 2, 2017
    Incredible!!! Worth stopping by and trying and enjoying! Got there later in the day and the line died down a lot.
  • Jason
    JasonFebruary 25, 2017
    I would come back! Make sure you check out the rest of the store for touristy memorabilia like t-shirts.
  • Ida P.
    Ida ParasDecember 29, 2016
    Overrated and tourist bait. Not worth it
  • John D.
    John DyeOctober 1, 2016
    An Oahu "must." Don't leave the island without it.
  • Rob
    RobAugust 8, 2016
    It's suger on ice, big deal.
  • Margie
    MargieJuly 5, 2016
    It's the best and lines are long because of it!
  • Juergen S.
    Juergen SteinmetzJune 9, 2016
    Glad to read all these tips. This place must be awesome . I lived in Haleiwa since 1992 and drive or walk by there every day . The line is always too long and my lunch brake too short
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle RandazzoJune 6, 2016
    Best shave ice on the North Shore!
  • Yama Y.
    Yama YamamotoMay 31, 2016
    Really crowded
  • Gayle M.
    Gayle MacciaMay 27, 2016
    Tri color shaved ice
  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinMay 20, 2016
    Get ice cream with your shaved ice. Tropical combo is good.
  • Jon C.
    Jon C.May 6, 2016
    The line looks worse than it is. It moves very fast
  • Rami I.
    Rami IsmailMay 2, 2016
    I had never had shaved ice before this and now I wonder why not.
  • Jon C.
    Jon ClevelandApril 13, 2016
    A yummy treat at a very reasonable price. Lots of options from which to choose.
  • Ivy E.
    Ivy EscribanoApril 10, 2016
    Ehhhh...why so expensive???
  • Shannon G.
    Shannon GrantApril 2, 2016
    There's a reason it's to famous!!! Super good! 🍧
  • Tomiana D.
    Tomiana DeBellisFebruary 29, 2016
    If you like it extra sweet and creamy, try getting a dollop of sweetened condensed milk on the top. Great shaved ice!
  • Luis A.
    Luis AntezanaFebruary 28, 2016
    So not worth it. Consistency close to sno-cone, weak flavor, long wait. This is not the shave ice experience you're looking for.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RJanuary 22, 2016
    Raspberry, PINEAPPLE, Strawberry with ice cream
  • Keith K.
    Keith KaplanJanuary 13, 2016
    Get the Hawaiian w/ beans and ice cream and condensed milk. You won't regret it.
  • Sergio C.
    Sergio CordovaDecember 4, 2015
    Best Shaved Ice EVER! I had the Matsumoto.
  • Raygan K.
    Raygan KellyNovember 30, 2015
    Get it with both ice cream and beans! (The beans are delicious.)
  • Marvin C.
    Marvin CNovember 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best shave ice in the world!
  • Christa H.
    Christa HNovember 14, 2015
    My raspberry, lemonade, and green tea with ice cream and condensed milk was more delicious than I was prepared for.
  • CJ
    CJNovember 10, 2015
    Vast collection of artsy t-shirts.
  • Max
    MaxOctober 8, 2015
    Don't skip the giant soft mochi!
  • Charis G.
    Charis GongSeptember 20, 2015
    Eat fast as you can.
  • Paau R.
    Paau RiosAugust 24, 2015
    Good service , hawaiian experience
  • Ross R.
    Ross RojekAugust 23, 2015
    Long damn line but really good when you finally get to it. The large is really large. Make sure you get the shaved ice w ice cream. Great when you finally get down to it.
  • Radim K.
    Radim KApril 9, 2015
    Too expensive shit
  • Malia H.
    Malia HMarch 3, 2015
    Make sure you get condensed milk
  • Malia H.
    Malia HMarch 3, 2015
    Newly renovated
  • Curtis S.
    Curtis ShoungFebruary 24, 2015
    Green tea flavor + condensed milk is delicious.
  • Ting T.
    Ting TsaiFebruary 22, 2015
    Deliciously colorful sugary ice concoction.
  • Amy K.
    Amy KFebruary 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The shave ice is smooth
  • Rob C.
    Rob CheekJanuary 18, 2015
    Try everything once. How often are you here?
  • Valerie L.
    Valerie LeJanuary 11, 2015
    The green tea, lilikoi, and guava flavors were all good. Add condensed milk and red beans! The line was super long but it moves by quick.
  • N L.
    N LNovember 25, 2014
    Good shaved ice
  • linh l.
    linh leOctober 23, 2014
    A delicious treat! Read more
  • Jeremia S.
    Jeremia SchrockOctober 15, 2014
    Worth the line as they are masters of the shave ice treat.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerOctober 7, 2014
    The most famous shaved ice spot on the north shore. Line moves fairly quickly, tons of flavors to choose from. Loved the tropical combo with guava, papaya and lilikoi.
  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanOctober 1, 2014
    Since Aoki is closed, I got large Hawaiian w/condensed milk and ice cream. Like a previous tip, save .30 and get it in a bowl and prepare to poop a rainbow of artificial coloring.
  • Janine H.
    Janine HanrahanSeptember 8, 2014
    Came to the North Shore last year and didn't have shave ice, so I was determined this year. What a waste of calories! I feel like this should be called Diabetes Ice. Give me regular ice cream any day.
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