Shaving ice isn’t the only cool dessert Hawaii is known for. Try these local favorites to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The Tasaka Guri Guri Shop offers the typical Maui Cool Treat, Guri Guri, which fits somewhere between sorbet and ice cream. Photo: Dawn Sakamoto Paiva
When you think of cooling off with a cold in Hawaii, the first thing that comes to mind is shave ice. But here in the tropics, where it’s warm all the time, we have many other options to survive those hot summer days. Here are some local favorites that hit the spot.
Tasaka Guri Guri store
Somewhere between sorbet and ice cream lies the top-secret recipe for the typical Maui Cool Treat, Guri Guri, and is only available in strawberry and pineapple flavors. Maui Mall, 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave. Kahului, Maui, mauimall.com/store/tasaka-guri-guri.
What’s going on’
The best whole-fruit smoothies on the Big Island, many made from produce from the owners’ farm next door. 27-999 Old Mamalahoa Highway., Pepeekeo, Big Island.
Blue Hawaii lifestyle
Killer menu with acai peels topped with a variety of fresh fruits and (on request) finished with a pinch of lime juice. Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, Oahu, bluehawaiilifestyle.com.
Leoda’s kitchen and cake shop
We won’t waste words. Order the miniature lime cake Olowalu, a pineapple-lemon cake and a chocolate-coffee-coconut snowball. 820 Olowalu Village Road, Olowalu, Maui, leodasmaui.com.
The ice cream from this little shop, once a roaming food truck, is undoubtedly homemade and flavored almost exclusively with local ingredients. It’s hands down the best in Hawaii. Two locations on Oahu, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd. and 1142 12th Ave., viagelatohawaii.com.
Sweet, fruity Taiwanese snowflake ice cream delicacies – a kind of mixture of fine shaving ice and ice cream – are deliciously served on weekends until 11 p.m. 2570 Beretania St., Honolulu, Oahu, frostcityhawaii.com.
Ono Gelato Co.
A menu with delicious, imaginative flavors – including bacon donuts, cucumber mint, chocolate stout – and evening hours make us return again and again. 115 Hana Hwy., Paia, Maui; 815 Front St., Lahaina, Maui.
Bubbie’s homemade ice cream & desserts
Creamy and buttery ice cream and the largest selection of mochi ice cream we’ve seen so far. Unfortunately, the original Bubbie’s on University Avenue has closed, but you can still fill yourself up with these little sweet treats at Hawaii Kai’s Koko Marina and the Safeway and Whole Foods locations. 7192 Kalanianaole Hwy., Honolulu, Oahu, bubbiesicecream.com