Hawaiian Ice Cones – Kona

Hawaiian Ice Cones – Go Big on the Shave Ice, Boba Tea, and More in the Heart of Kailua-Kona
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Whenever your sweet tooth starts acting up, you can get it to settle right back down with a trip to Hawaiian Ice Cones. At this Kailua-Kona shop, they specialize in shave ice, boba tea, and other delicious creations. So, you can always satisfy your cravings on the double.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

If cravings for sweets hit during your Big Island adventures, take a detour over to Hawaiian Ice Cones. At this little Kailua-Kona shop, they go all out in serving up imaginative shave ice, boba tea creations, and more. They work fast, too, so you just know you’re minutes away from all the best flavors upon walking up to the order window.

You’ll find their dessert shack in the middle of the parking lot for the Lanihau Center. Once you spot their colorful pink and yellow stand, just park nearby and walk up to view the menu. Take your time looking over all their offerings because they change things up on the regular. Once, you know what you want to get, put in your order and wait nearby for the magic to happen.

No matter what you order, you can trust that their team will assemble your selections with care. They only use the highest quality ingredients to make each item to order. When it comes to their shave ice, they prepare all their ice on demand and then pile it into the cup along with whatever base, flavors, and toppings you want.

Although they lack azuki beans for the center of the shave ice, they have both ube and vanilla ice cream ready to serve as the base. They also make up for it by offering all the most popular toppings around, including pineapple jelly, popping boba, and mochi balls. In between all that, they allow you to pour on up to three syrup flavors, like their ever-popular guava, passion fruit, and papaya.

Their boba tea is just as wonderful, too. They allow you to select between their 16- and 24-ounce sizes. Then, you must decide if you want bubbles in the bottom or not. After that, you just have to let them know which flavor you want to enjoy most. They have everything from red plum to Thai tea, all waiting to tantalize your tastebuds from the very first sip to the last. 

Their sweet treats include:

If you want to leave your shave ice experience up to fate, treat yourself to the Rainbow. Always changing, this shave ice creation comes with up to five syrup flavors. You can add ice cream and toppings to the mix, of course, but you’ll have to guess how well they’ll go with the syrup flavors of the day.

Halo Halo
Whenever you order the Halo Halo boba, you’ll want to get ready for a wild ride. They make this drink by putting popping boba in the bottom of the cup. Then, they fill it with tasty milk tea before adding condensed milk. Ube ice cream brings everything together at the end, creating a flavor combination to remember.

Dragon Fruit Lemonade
Are you looking for the perfect blend of sweet and sour flavors? Just get the Dragon Fruit Lemonade. This drink begins with a fresh-squeezed lemonade base. Then, they kick it up a notch with blended dragon fruit and a few popping boba bubbles for good measure. The winning combo goes over ice to amp up the flavors even more.

Upon getting your order, you’re welcome to park yourself at a nearby picnic table to enjoy your selections. If there aren’t any tables available, just take your order on the go. All their items are easy to take on the go, allowing you to window shop while devouring your sweet treats. You might even come across an open bench where you can get comfy, and then give the pure deliciousness your full attention.

Insider Tips:
-Don’t be surprised to find a long line going up to the window when you arrive. They work pretty quickly, so you won’t be waiting long.
-Although it might look like a cash-only establishment at first glance, they do take all major credit cards.