Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice – Kailua-Kona

Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice - Kailua-Kona: From Simple to Gourmet
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

The unique way shaved ice is prepared, along with the abundance of premium and local ingredients used, means that Ulualni’s Hawaiian Shave Ice is a step above other shaved ice locations on the islands. The fine, pillowy consistency of the ice holds in the rich and bold flavors and toppings to ensure that each bite is as good as the first!

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Maui’s own Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice proudly serves several areas throughout Hawaii. With their newest location in Honolulu being added to their established locations like those in Kailua-Kona, Paia, Maui Lani, Kihei, Hyatt, Kahului, and Lahaina. Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice – Kailua-Kona goes above and beyond putting heart and aloha into each step of the preparation process for a result that speaks for itself. 

From simple to gourmet, Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice successfully transforms a simple product made with syrup and ice into a magical concoction that stands above its competitors’ offerings. This superb shaved ice utilizes innovative techniques, ultra-pure ice, house specialty syrups, and gourmet add-ons to create a truly spectacular treat. 

Ululani herself, one of the owners of Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, was born and raised on the island of Oahu in Kalihi. Her husband and partner in the business, David, is from Moanalua. Both spent their childhood appreciating the finest shaved ice around. It was this love for the unique method of making Hawaiian shaved ice that inspired the creation of their first brick-and-mortar location in Lahaina. Then Maui followed in December 2008. 

The history of Hawaiian shaved ice goes back long before Ululani and David met and created their take on the beloved treat. It began when thousands of Japanese people migrated to Hawaii to find work in the abundant pineapple fields and sugarcane plantations. These workers began taking blocks of ice and shaving it down then pouring flavored syrups and juices over top. 

Years later, when these same Japanese workers moved off plantations, many of them opened family-operated stores. They featured a type of Hawaiian shaved ice that has since been commercialized. While shaved ice has been around for centuries, the Hawaiian method perhaps gained the most notoriety when then President-elect Barack Obama visited Oahu’s Island Snow and enjoyed shaved ice. 

Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice – Kailua-Kona has perfected the art of Hawaiian shaved ice. A taste, which begins with a unique texture and the inclusion of pure, clean water, which is 100% ultra-purified before being made into ice. 

The shaving machines also shave to the finest degree possible. Only 100% pure sugar cane is used for the syrups. All of these are made using time-tested signature recipes, a difference that you can taste! There are also over 50 flavors to add to the shaved ice. All are created with fresh fruits when available, fruit purees, or extracts. Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice also utilizes Maui-made, award-winning Roselani Ice cream in its shaved ice. All items are proudly served in environmentally-friendly compostable bowls, spoons, and straws. 

Shaved ice treats at Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice – Kailua-Kona are completely customizable. Begin by choosing the size. The original is the most popular size. Then, you select Azuki Beans (when available) or Roselani ice cream. Then, once your shaved ice is prepped you choose from up to three flavors or one combination. 

The next step in the process is adding toppings. These options include snow cap, which is a sweetened condensed milk mixture, toasted coconut, fresh mochi (when available), Haupia cream, Li Hing Mui Reduction Drizzle, and Li Hing Mui Powder.

When visiting Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, try one of the three most popular combinations for shaved ice you won’t soon forget:

Haleakala
This includes leche, coconut, and a free snow cap.

Sunset Beach
This shaved ice includes passion orange, mango, and guava flavors, along with fresh mochi. 

No Ka Oi
“The Best”: This includes the flavors of mango, coconut, and passion fruit. 

There are even sugar-free flavor options as well as an abundance of combinations you can create on your own. Additionally, you can try other proven combinations that are beloved by guests. For obvious reasons with their rich history on the islands, Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice – Kailua-Kona specializes in tropical fruit flavors!

Insider Tips:
-Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice – Kailua-Kona features gluten-free and vegetarian options for those with dietary restrictions. 
-Most locations are conveniently located near the beach for a welcome treat after enjoying the beautiful Hawaiian seashore. 
-Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice is an award-winning establishment. It is named best shaved ice by many magazines and noted as a hall of fame winner by Trip Advisor.