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Island Snow Hawaii

130 Kailua Rd. (S. Kalaheo Ave.) Send to Phone
808-263-6339
This shave ice spot is famous as a favorite of President Obama and the First Family.

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Island Snow Hawaii, Kailua, HI

Island Snow Hawaii Restaurant Review

: During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama boosted shave ice's fame when he stopped at Island Snow Hawaii in Kailua with his daughters. He continues to do so when he vacations in Hawaii every Christmas. A cone may include an optional scoop of ice cream at the bottom, which is a nice touch. The ice isn't nearly as fluffy as other Oahu shave ice spots, but the flavors are bold and last until you hit the bottom. Our favorite is the POG (passion fruit, orange and guava), which is tropical and not too sweet.



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