Wishing Well Shave Ice

Wishing Well Shave Ice – Serving Up Sweet Treats to Remember Near Hanalei Bay
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

When you want to fuel up for all your North Shore Kauai adventures, all it takes is a quick trip over to Wishing Well Shave Ice. Their acai bowls, shave ice, and smoothies promise to keep you fired up for beachside fun. Need a little extra kick? Get a hot or iced coffee to go, always served in a complimentary mason jar.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

If you’re looking for a quick way to cool down in style, you can always count on Wishing Well Shave Ice to come through in a big way. For nearly 40 years, they’ve served as the treasure of Hanalei Town by whipping up icy-cold sweet treats in their old, white bus. Although their shave ice is definitely the talk of the town, they have tasty acai bowls, smoothies, ice cream, and coffee galore as well.

All their menu items feature the top flavors found in North Shore Kauai and beyond. They only use the highest quality fruit as it comes in season, including papayas, dragon fruit, and bananas. They’re equally dedicated to getting their many other ingredients from local sources as often as they can. As a result, their sweet treats always taste fresh and delicious, no matter what you order.

Only once you make your selections do they start to prepare them as requested. They work quickly yet efficiently, getting out orders nearly as fast as they come in. Although you never have to wait long, you’ll be dancing about in eager anticipation once you get a good look at the delightful creations coming out the bus window.

While you can grab a seat at an open picnic table nearby, the real magic is taking your selections straight to the beach. With Hanalei Bay nearby, you can jet on over to the sandy shores to enjoy your treats while taking in the amazing views of North Shore Kauai. 

Their top menu items include:

Good Times Bowl
Whether you want to kick off your day right or need a little afternoon pick-me-up, you’re going to adore all the flavors in the Good Times Bowl. This acai bowl comes topped with bananas, peanut butter, and macadamia nuts. Then, to complete the flavor combo, they add coconut cream plus tons of coconut flakes.

Dragon’s Breath Smoothie
The Dragon’s Breath Smoothie is a grab-and-go favorite that starts with bright, tart flavors and ends with a sweet kick. To make this smoothie, they blend up dragon fruit and passion fruit in equal amounts. To that, they add blended papaya and banana before pouring in the passion fruit juice.

Cold Brew Affogato
If you simply cannot decide between coffee and dessert, get them both in one with the Cold Brew Affogato. This tasty espresso drink features a robust, organic cold brew base that’s taken to great heights with the addition of vanilla ice cream. As with all their coffees, it comes in a complimentary mason jar to remember your trip by.

Organic Housemade Shave Ice
The Organic Housemade Shave Ice promises to cool you down fast while tantalizing your tastebuds. You get to choose two flavors from all their options, including strawberry, banana, coconut, hibiscus line, ginger, coffee, and passion fruit. Want to take your shave ice to the next level? Have them put a scoop of either vanilla or macadamia nut ice cream underneath.

As you build your shave ice, don’t skip the chance to get a snow cap put on top. Made from sweetened condensed milk, this amazing topping adds a creamy kick to your selected flavors. Want something a little lighter? Get their coconut cream instead. You can then have them add fresh papaya, banana, coconut flakes, or a honey drizzle to your liking.

Insider Tips:
-Before you order, be sure to ask about their seasonal specials. They’re always dreaming up new ways to use all the fresh, local produce as it comes in season.
-Kids ages 12 and under are welcome to get mini shave ice instead of their relatively large one-size-fits-all bowls.
-If you’d like to share your love for this little shave ice shop, buy some of their swag during your visit.