Anuenue Ice Cream & Shave Ice

Anuenue Ice Cream & Shave Ice - Voted Best Shave Ice with Many Flavor Options
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Anuenue Ice Cream & Shave Ice is in a no-frills strip mall in Kawaihae. They've been voted the Best Shave Ice on the Big Island for five years and offer many flavors and options. You can also order sundaes, milkshakes, and smoothies. 

- The Local Expert Team

From the street, Anuenue Ice Cream & Shave Ice isn’t very impressive. There aren’t any glowing neon signs or a flashy-looking building to catch your attention. In fact, if you’re not paying attention or looking for it, you’ll probably zip on past. And if you search the internet for their website, you’ll only find them on Facebook. 

You’ll find Anuenue Ice Cream & Shave Ice in a small strip mall on Akoni Pule Highway, Kawaihae. Even the surrounding shops lack the curb appeal contemporary vendors have. Anuenue Ice Cream & Shave Ice shares a silver tin roof with the other businesses, and all the facades and trim could use a fresh coat of paint. But don’t let its outward appearance sway you into thinking you shouldn’t visit. 

Anuenue Ice Cream & Shave Ice has been voted the Best Shaved Ice on the Big Island for the past five years. And such success didn’t happen overnight. They’ve spent the past 20-years crafting cool treats, and their efforts are paying off!

“Anuenue” in Hawaiian translates into “rainbow,” and while you won’t find a pot of gold, you will discover a rainbow of flavors and delights. Such a variety of flavored syrups and ice creams makes Anuenue Ice Cream & Shave Ice special. The combinations are endless, giving guests a multitude of creative possibilities.  

There are too many shave ice flavors to mention in this article, but here are some of the more unique ones:
Passion Fruit
Ginger Lemongrass
Lavender Lemonade
Hawaiian Punch

You may purchase small or regular shave ice, and the price includes up to three flavors. If you want to get creative and or an additional cost, you can add:
Li Hing Powder
Ice Cream
Azuki Beans
Snow Cap 
Coconut Snow Cap

Regarding their ice cream, Anuenue Ice Cream & Shave Ice offers scrumptious flavors as diverse as the colors in a rainbow. Here are some standouts:
Volcano (banana, strawberry, Oreo cookie)
Kona Mud Pie (Kona coffee, fudge, brownies)
Toasted Coconut
Ube (Hawaiian purple sweet potato)
Vanilla Macadamia Nut

Anuenue Ice Cream & Shave Ice also serves specialty treats like:

Coconut shave ice with halo fruit cocktail, coco gels, vanilla snow cap, topped with a cherry, and ube ice cream.

Your choice of ice cream topped with macadamia nuts, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and a cherry. 

Here are some creative combos guests created from the varied options available at Anuenue Ice Cream & Shave Ice. 

  • Start with a scoop of Vanilla Macadamia Nut ice cream and top with creamsicle shave ice. 
  • Begin with Kona Coffee ice cream and add blue vanilla shave ice. 

It’s easy to be uncertain what to order because of all the options. The solution? Ask for a sample! The Anuenue Ice Cream & Shave Ice servers will gladly accommodate and assist with any questions or suggestions. Anuenue Ice Cream & Shave Ice may not look like much from the street. Still, you’ll discover an “anuenue” of tasty, cool treats that we know will satisfy you. 

Insider Tips:
-Expect long lines at this popular cool-treat shop, so be prepared to wait.
-Anuenue Ice Cream & Shave Ice has sugar-free and low-calorie flavors and options.