Haleiwa, HI

Visit Matsumoto Shave Ice Store on Your Way to the North Shore of Oahu

Don S

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I don't usually go to the North Shore of Oahu, but I felt like driving to Oahu's North Shore on a Sunday morning. On my way to the North Shore, I went through Haleiwa, and most of the time, Matsumoto Shaved Ice Store is always busy; but I went around mid-morning and saw they had no line. I quickly found parking and walked to Matsumoto Shave Ice Store.

It seems Matsumoto's Shave Ice Store has been around forever. I checked their website, and it mentioned that Mamoru and Helen Matsumoto started their grocery store in 1951. They had three children, with their youngest, Stanley, eventually taking over the family business.

I can't remember the last time I visited the store, but the last time I saw the store, gravel parking was to the left (facing the store's front entrance). When I went on mid-morning on a Sunday, cement and a seating area with tables and benches occupied the gravel parking.

Image taken from my iPhonePhoto byDon S/Author

There were also more flavors of shaved ice than I remembered. Shaved ice is finely crushed ice placed in a paper bowl with various flavorings to quench your thirst. On my last visit, I knew they had served vanilla ice cream with shaved ice, so I had it with my shaved ice again. During your next visit, check out their shaved ice menu because there are many syrup toppings; I had the Tropical Shaved Ice with ice cream. The Tropical syrup consists of Lilikoi, Guava, and Mango flavorings; it's poured over the shaved ice with the ice cream at the bottom of the bowl.


Be sure to visit Matsumoto Shaved Ice Store on your next visit to Oahu. Many visitors and residents visit Matsumoto's Shaved Ice Store daily for some great shaved ice to quench their thirst.

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