Waiola Shave Ice

The original Waiola Store is located on 2135 Waiola Street. It’s a mom-and-pop grocery store that was started in 1940 by the Koide family. It was called the “Koide Store”. During the 1970’s, the store was sold to another Japanese family and called the “Alice’s Market”. There used to be one shave ice store on every block along S. King Street in McCully/Moiliili neighborhood until the City started the road widening project which put all the shave ice stores to close down. That was when someone told Alice to open a shave ice window at her store.

However, due to the demolish of the Honolulu Stadium (where the Old Stadium Park is) in 1976, business has been diminishing. Alice’s husband was also ill at that time. She sold her business after 10 years of ownership. There has been a few owners who bought the store but could did not make it. Until Oct, 1980 my Grand Uncle Cheng Fong Chen bought the Waiola Store and ran it with his family for 5 years and later sold it to my father, Wen Ming Lee with the financial help from my Uncle, I-Hsiang Lin back in Feb. 10, 1986.

The first Waiola Shave Ice kapahulu was started in September, 1999 at 525 Kapahulu Ave. Then, later moved to 3113 Mokihana Street across from Safeway. This store used to be a 3-bedroom house which was built in 1926, then turned into a store in 2009.

Both stores have parking lot next door with over 10 parking stalls. All our syrups are homemade and some with natural flavors. We use only sugar cane sugar for our syrups, and we also make our azuki beans daily and custard pudding and mochi balls twice a week.
To ensure the freshness in our syrups, we refrigerate them and only make a small batch at a time.

Although our service might be inadequate, we try our best to minimize your wait time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Our mission is to keep the superior quality with affordable prices. Please continue to patron our business.

Sharlene Greendyk

Sharlene GreendykThursday, March 30th, 2017 at 4:16am

The best shave ice the best staff.
Melissa Lam Deneault

Melissa Lam DeneaultWednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 6:43pm

THE BEST! Hands down!!
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Waiola Shave Ice at Waiola Shave Ice.Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 8:56pm

From Sindey, our pretty little customer of San Francisco
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Waiola Shave IceThursday, January 19th, 2017 at 6:56pm

Effective Monday, January 23, 2017, our new hours of operation for Ward Warehouse location will be Monday through Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, and Sundays 10:00 am – 5:00pm. Mahalo!
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Waiola Shave Ice added 2 new photos.Sunday, January 1st, 2017 at 12:25pm

Check out our new mini Waiola Shave Ice magnets!
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Waiola Shave Ice added 2 new photos.Saturday, December 31st, 2016 at 8:39am

Check out our new mural at the original location ~