Matsumoto Shave Ice

Ice Cream Shop, Dessert Shop, and Snack Place$$$$
North Shore, Hale‘iwa
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  • The experts at The Wall Street Journal and Food & Wine recommend this place
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  • Wendy B.
    "Get a Large with ice cream and beans, and make sure to get a holder."(14 Tips)
    Kameron K.
    "Try the awesome hard to get flavors like lychee and lilikoi"(7 Tips)
    Christina L.
    "Don't forget to get the snow cone holder!"(3 Tips)
    Terence C.
    "large Hawaiian w/condensed milk and ice cream."(3 Tips)
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  • Ulysses ..
    Ulysses .1 week ago
    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.
    Incredible!!! Worth stopping by and trying and enjoying! Got there later in the day and the line died down a lot.
  • Jason
    JasonFebruary 25
    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
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KimNovember 12, 2014
    Green tea special is awesome!
  • 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.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 1, 2014
    Check out Matsumoto Shaved Ice as seen on Unique Eats Read more
  • Jessica
    JessicaAugust 31, 2014
    Tropical shaved ice
  • Michael T.
    Michael TchouAugust 28, 2014
    For those who don't know, shave ice is a much finer shave than the traditional sno-cone you get in the mainland. Recommend it served over ice cream. Vanilla mixes well with a lot of flavors!
  • Monica C.
    Monica CAugust 17, 2014
    This is a must if you're visiting the North shore. Be sure to get your shave ice with vanilla ice cream in the middle. Large selection of cool souvenir t-shirts.
  • Billy S.
    Billy Sr.August 16, 2014
    The shaved ice with cream is great
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Get the Hawaiian special (pineapple, coconut and banana). Read more
  • Gerald E.
    Gerald EMay 31, 2014
    Just make sure you add the condensed milk. You wont regret it!!!
  • Bryan K.
    Bryan KMay 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    try the shaved ice
  • Juvy L.
    Juvy LucinaMarch 29, 2014
    Definitely get the ice cream and beans. ABSOLUTELY get condensed milk on the top! I cannot stress this enough.
  • Rechenna L.
    Rechenna LoMarch 26, 2014
    Definitely invest in the plastic holder. It's 0.30 cents, but it's worth it. It does get messy and if you get a combination, you can even use the holder to mix it around :)
  • Johnny
    JohnnyDecember 21, 2013
    Best shaved ice in Oahu..
  • Erica B.
    Erica BrittonDecember 14, 2013
    The t shirts are sweet, but None of my shave ice was. I mostly tasted food coloring
  • Deborah P.
    Deborah PerezDecember 13, 2013
    A little overrated, we had better at shaved ice trucks nearby.
  • Rachell M.
    Rachell MNovember 2, 2013
    Tropical!!!! With ice cream
  • Darcy G.
    Darcy GasselOctober 26, 2013
    The holder is a must! No way to eat it without the holder (unless you want half to hit the ground and your hands to be sticky!). Also, prices are really reasonable :-)
  • E A.
    E ASeptember 16, 2013
    If you have no idea how a shave ice would taste like, you'd think this place is fantastic. I had a better one in Lihaina, Maui. Matsumoto is all just sugar and ice. Can't taste the flavor! Overrated.
  • Angelo C.
    Angelo CSeptember 7, 2013
    Get the cup holder when ordering... Worth the 30 cents. Anything that leaks over the edge gets caught in the cup holder. And you get to eat at the end lol
  • Makamae K.
    Makamae KahawaiSeptember 4, 2013
    If it's your first time, go all out and get the ice cream and condensed milk! Yuuuum!
  • Sharon H.
    Sharon HomesSeptember 3, 2013
    The Shave Ice is Awesome! A must stop in the North Shore !
  • Jill
    JillSeptember 2, 2013
    Shave Ice not as fine as I'm used too..employees very unfriendly..lines to long..the shave ice was good but I've had better..this place is very overrated!
  • Jake C.
    Jake CochranAugust 2, 2013
    No tiger's blood flavor?! Shame...
  • Amy K.
    Amy KJuly 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The line isn't ALWAYS long and it moves fast!
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchJune 20, 2013
    Syrup poured over shaved ice is the house specialty. Try the Hawaiian — a tropical mix of pineapple, coconut and banana. Just like a Snow Cone, but better.
  • Celia L.
    Celia LauMay 28, 2013
    Skip the long lines and go to Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha! HOPA = genuine hospitality, powdery ice, and fresh fruit flavors vs. Matsumoto's long lines, chunky ice, and syrupy sweet flavors.
  • Keith L.
    Keith LMay 26, 2013
    Get the green tea special.
  • Eva H.
    Eva HoyerMay 16, 2013
    Come early and you won't have to stand in line for half an hour ;-)
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LMay 13, 2013
    There are no bathrooms.... Almost block and a half to bathroom
  • Bethany G.
    Bethany GoodrichApril 12, 2013
    Try the pickled mango and sour Li hing Mui ... A little tart yet sweet at the same time
  • Jace P.
    Jace PerryApril 12, 2013
    The Hawaiian flavor ice with ice cream is double d delicious! A must try place.
  • Zach W.
    Zach WillettMarch 16, 2013
    Get it with ice cream! Too good for words!
  • Ashley V.
    Ashley VenaJanuary 28, 2013
    This place is amazing. I already want to go back for another.
  • Jen L.
    Jen LuJanuary 6, 2013
    Lilikoi and green tea flavors are delicious. Condensed milk is a must order. Beans are good, but not a must.
  • Mark
    MarkDecember 7, 2012
    Guava strawberry with ice cream and condensed milk?! What?! The best!!
  • Jenn M.
    Jenn MarshNovember 21, 2012
    Pineapple, coconut cream and cherry with ice cream. Yummm!
  • Alecia M.
    Alecia MilneNovember 8, 2012
    Best flavor combo is matsumoto with condensed milk! Make sure you get a car cup.
  • Melannie A.
    Melannie AquinoOctober 25, 2012
    Shave ice with condence milk and vanilla ice cream.
  • Allison U.
    Allison UyenoAugust 14, 2012
    Small strawberry and lime shave ice with ice cream... Get it in a cone...you'll get more than in a bowl.
  • ❤️Ƙҽ  ժ.
    Touristy but still delicious :) cant find cant find this in California.. Oh the azuski beans were amazing!'
  • Mishell P.
    Mishell PaulinoJuly 18, 2012
    There is ALWAYS a line out the front door. Whatever you get, get the holder and add vanilla ice cream -- it's worth it. My favorite is lilikoi since it's not really sweet.
  • Ed C.
    Ed C.July 12, 2012
    Near shave ice in the North Shore
  • Tracy B.
    Tracy BuschJuly 6, 2012
    I heard nothing but good things but I must say I was disappointed. None of my flavors tasted like anything but vanilla and sugar. And if you do decide to go, avoid the beans
  • Sunny  =)
    Sunny =)June 19, 2012
    Da best on the north shore!! =)
  • Tony O.
    Tony ObregonMay 28, 2012
    Don't get the sugar-free flavors - they are terrible. The Hawaiian was awesome though.
  • Kim B.
    Kim BickfordMay 26, 2012
    The best!!!
  • Rene M.
    Rene MooreApril 18, 2012
    Go early in day shorter line
  • David L.
    David LevianApril 3, 2012
    The shave ice is so good here, 30 minutes after we got some, we went back and got some more!
  • Arthur C.
    Arthur CruzFebruary 24, 2012
    Sugar free banana strawberry and vanilla. Don't forget to add condensed milk and I've cream
  • Laura K.
    Laura KreitzerFebruary 23, 2012
    If it's your first time, get the sweet beans and ice cream.
  • Amy S.
    Amy SmithFebruary 15, 2012
    Mediocre shave ice. Guava flavor was pretty good but dont get coconut cream its disgusting.
  • Brandon Y.
    Brandon YoshimuraJanuary 22, 2012
    Get ice cream and Suzuki beans
  • @FAKEBESTFRIEND
    @FAKEBESTFRIENDJanuary 10, 2012
    One of the most famous spots to stop on the North Shore. A family tradition.
  • Greg J.
    Greg JohnsonJanuary 4, 2012
    Make sure you get it with ice cream and condensed milk. Thank me later.
  • Vyoma
    VyomaNovember 26, 2011
    Great shave ice, try pina colada and mango combination
  • Barb S.
    Barb SnelgroveNovember 11, 2011
    Best shave ice on the Island! Avoid the rush at lunchtime tho!
  • Beth A.
    Beth AwaltOctober 31, 2011
    Lines move quickly, dont be scared off! And invest in the holder if you can, its messy!
  • yamaguchi m.
    yamaguchi michikoAugust 27, 2016
    レインボー のかき氷 食べたかった。 満足(≧∇≦)
  • Sooyeon K.
    Sooyeon KangMarch 27, 2016
    한번 먹어볼 법. 양이 많으니 작은거 시키세요
  • Masato F.
    Masato FukaiDecember 17, 2014
    宇治金時、GreenteaSpecialです。
  • ユウト W.
    ユウト WOctober 9, 2014
    ラージサイズはめっちゃデカい。そして美味い。キーンとならない
  • Yumi J.
    Yumi JeonJune 5, 2014
    50센트 추가해서 연유 올려먹음 완전 맛남 ㅎㅎ 어린이 입맛인 나에겐 good ㅎㅎ 새우트럭 먹고 입가심으로 좋음
  • Junichi S.
    Junichi ShimizuSeptember 25, 2013
    いつも大人気! グッツもいっぱいあります。
  • Takashi I.
    Takashi IshizukaAugust 10, 2013
    Green tea Special は日本人にかなりオススメです!! 宇治金時好きはゼヒ!!
  • Brian L.
    Brian LeeJanuary 7, 2013
    완전 불량식품맛! 그냥 작은 것 하나 시켜서 맛만 보면 될듯~
  • kingwolf
    kingwolfJune 26, 2012
    North Shore界隈で有名なShave Ice shop(かき氷屋)です。すごいボリュームのかき氷に色んな味のあま~いシロップをかける…個人的にはあまり得意ではないですがアメリカ人はこういったの好きなんだろうな…って感じです。1回はトライしてみる価値はあるかと思います。が常に行列で混んでます。写真では休憩中?のポリスマン達もかき氷買うために並んでいます(笑)
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