On Tuesday I told you about one of the things Annie absolutely had to do while she was here in Hawaii. Well, today I’m going to tell you about one of mine!

A few months ago I was watching an episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern set in Hawaii where he ate a local favorite called “shave ice.” Now I think ol’ Andy was trying to fill up the hour because from what I could tell there wasn’t anything bizarre about shave ice at all. It looked a lot like the snow cones we eat on the mainland, but tasted a million times better according to Andrew. When it was decided we were coming to Hawaii I knew I had to try it myself.

The first thing I did after settling in in Hawaii was Google “Maui” + “Shave Ice,” and up popped the Yelp page for a place called “Ululani’s.” I clicked on the link and was amazed at what I saw. Every single review was five stars. Well, that’s not true. Every once in a while a four star review appeared, but it always said something like, “Six bucks is a lot for shave ice… But it’s nectar from the Gods!” This was definitely the place to experience shave ice.

It wasn’t hard to recruit people to go with me. In fact, this was the entire conversation I had with Annie about it:

Me: “Annie, you want to go get some shave ice?”

Annie: “What’s that?”

Me: “It’s kind of like ice cream.”

Annie: “Can we go now?”

So, on Tuesday night Heather, Annie, Kyle, Sebastian, and I headed into Lahaina to hit up Ululani’s. Our excursion got off to a weird start, though, when a moth flew into Heather. Now you’re probably thinking, “A moth? Who cares about a little moth?” But this was no little moth:

We dubbed this fella “Mothra.

Heather might have screamed, and maybe one of us three men did as well. (To protect the innocent I won’t tell you which one of us it was but it wasn’t me or Kyle). Anyway, once we reached the store front for Ululani’s Kyle and Sebastian decided they’d rather have ice cream and took off. WTF? Ice cream? Ice cream can be had anywhere unlike precious shave ice!

Heather, Annie, and I ate the shave ice and it was glorious. Whereas the ice in a snow cone is hard and crunchy, the ice in a shave ice is cut (or, er, shaved) so incredibly thin that it’s amazingly light and fluffy, much like ice cream even though it is ice. Annie only cared that hers was blue, so she got the blue raspberry which she loved. Heather and I both got the Haleakala, which was like a creamy pina colada and came with macadamia nut ice cream on the bottom. Yum.

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Yesterday we noticed there was another shave ice place close to where we were staying, so we tried it out as well.

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Guess who the blue one was for?

This place wasn’t as good as Ululani’s, but still damn good with very fluffy ice. Good stuff!

love their shave ice
Can’t taker her eyes off her food.

We’re here a few more days, so I’m definitely going to try and make another trip for shave ice. You know… because Annie loves it so much.