"Shave Ice and Midnight Mango Madness" Moiliili by Confucius

Moiliili Travel Guide: 1 reviews and 5 photos

2 kinds refreshments in Moiliili; 1 cheap, 1 free!

Moiliili is popular among kamaaina (local people) for its old shave ice shop at Waiola Store. Shave ice is the flavored mountain of fine powdered snow which can include optional toppings such as sweet red beans or condensed milk . This treat originated in Japan and Moiliili has long had a significant Japanese American population that go crazy for "kakigori".
During mango season one can walk around Moiliili and the surrounding neighborhoods and gather mangos that have fallen from trees in people's front yards. The best time to do this activity of course is around midnight.

The Hawaian word for delicious is "ono"

You might say "Oh no" when you see the long line of people at Waiola Store but it moves fast and you'll need some time anyway to learn how to order and choose from among the many wonderful flavors.
(See travelogue for complete list of flavors)


This big sign on the right side of the window for placing orders helps first-timers and tourists from the mainland learn how to make the shave ice line move much faster:

1. Give a total number of shave ice and sizes.
2. Indicate if you want ice cream, azuki, mochi balls or any toppings.
3. Have your money ready.
4. Wait until we ask for the flavors.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Best shave ice in Honolulu, free mangos too!
  • Cons:Waiola Shave Ice is hard to find without asking locals for help
  • In a nutshell:Get a taste of local lifestyles in Moiliili neighborhood
  • Last visit to Moiliili: Jun 1991
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • gezbelle's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2006 at 8:27 PM

    whoa! im thinking of heading to hawaii...this certainly gives me some incentive...yum! :)

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2004 at 10:32 PM

    Not sure if it's originated in Japan but there are plenty of those in S. E. Asia ;-)

  • Geisha_Girl's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2004 at 9:06 PM

    What's cooler than cool? Noooo, not da kine shave ice, brah......the fact that Confucius know 'dem kine Baluuuuuut !!! ;-))

  • Hexepatty's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2003 at 9:53 PM

    I Steal Mangos!

  • Guantanamera's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2003 at 7:56 PM

    I know Moiliili, but I didn't know about Waiola Shave Ice. I lived just next to there in McCully...


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