Update: Aoki’s closed shop on August 27, 2013. They do have plans to reopen in Haleiwa in early 2014.
A trip to Haleiwa for a shave ice is an excellent budget friendly activity to do on Oahu. This little North Shore surfing town is home to two of Hawaii’s most famous shave ice stores – Aoki’s and Matsumoto’s – and they’re literally steps away from each other as you can see from this Google map:
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Matsumoto Shave Ice is the most famous and that’s typically reflected in a line extending from the shop’s front door. Aoki’s is lesser known and some say it’s just as good, if not better than Matsumoto’s.
For an outside, wisdom-of-the-crowds comparison, here are the Yelp reviews for:
I’ve tried both and I’m not sure if there’s a clear winner. I tend to think that Matsumoto’s ice is softer, but the flavoring from Aoki’s was quite tasty.
I want to hear from you. Have you tried shave ice from Matsumoto’s or Aoki’s? For you seasoned Oahu travelers and locals who have tried both, which shave ice place in Haleiwa do you think is best?