"Shave Ice and Midnight Mango Madness" Moiliili by Confucius
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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.
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:Best shave ice in Honolulu, free mangos too!
- Cons:Waiola Shave Ice is hard to find without asking locals for help
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