Original Big Island Shave Ice Co, Inc.

You all know that I love to eat. So it should come as no surprise that I believe a great way to explore any city is through its food. You can learn so much about an area and its people this way.

Whenever I travel I’m always on the lookout for different food places to try. Sometimes I look on review sites. Other times I ask for advice via social media.

For the most part, the places I’m most inclined to try have to:
1) Not be a big chain (of course there are exceptions*)
2) Be affordable
3) Be family friendly

About a twenty minute drive from the Waikoloa Resort area of the Big Island in the town of Kawaihae, Original Big Island Shave Ice Co, Inc. is a fairly new sweet treat truck that meets all three of these criteria.

As the name would suggest, they sell shave ice. They have the standard shave ice ($3.75), which is made up of finely shaved ice topped with different flavored syrups. You can get these with a variety of ice creams ($1.00 extra), including ube (purple sweet potato) and haupia (coconut cream) or a multitude of toppings like azuki beans, condensed cream, or fresh mochi balls (75¢ each).

Original Big Island Shave Ice Co, Inc. also offers specials ($6.00). These specials include shave ice with ice cream and a variety of other toppings. They have a chocolate sundae, strawberry sundae, and halo halo special. Of course, I had to try the halo halo one.

It was soooo good. I’m such a sucker for anything that has ube ice cream. Pair that with the flavors of a traditional halo halo (lots of coconut goodness) and it’s a total winner for me.

Although our experience at Original Big Island Shave Ice Co, Inc. was a favorable one, there are some things to be aware of:

1) The line can get REALLY LONG. I think we just went at a bad time. It was late afternoon on a Saturday, right after people were finishing up trips to the beach. We had to wait about half an hour to place our order and get our shave ice.

2) There is little to no shade while you wait.

3) There are no tables or chairs. Most people ate standing up or sat near their cars.

So, if you’re ever in the Kawaihae area and in need of an icy cold sweet treat, head on over to Original Big Island Shave Ice Co, Inc. The tasty and very generous portions definitely make the wait worth it.

Original Big Island Shave Ice Co, Inc.
61-3616 Kawaihae Rd Kawaihae, Hawaii 96743 (in the Blue Dragon Restaurant parking lot)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am-5:30pm; Sunday 1:30pm-5:30pm
Cash only
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Photos by Marcus Hoapili

*If there is an In-N-Out Burger in the immediate area, I’ll probably stop by at least once. Because it’s good and we don’t have one in Hawaii. 

My Go-To Ice Cream Base

As most of you know, I love ice cream.

Like, a lot.

And I actually enjoy making it at home.

I’ve tried about a zillion recipes but my favorite, by far, is a recipe by Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams*. I use it as the base for every batch of ice cream I make. I deviate from the recipe ever so slightly by lessening the sugar to half a cup, omitting the vanilla bean (unless I want to make vanilla), and letting it sit in the refrigerator overnight before churning. From there, I am only limited by my imagination.

Sometimes I add whole coffee beans to the milk mixture. Other times I add melted chocolate to the cream cheese for a luscious gelato-like concoction. And of course, I’ve made more than a few batches that have included rainbow sprinkles.

So, if you’re as obsessed with ice cream as I am and want to try making your own, I highly recommend giving Jeni’s recipe a try.

P.S. If you have any suggestions for ice cream flavors you think I should try, definitely holla at me.

P.P.S. Wait – does that make me a hollaback girl?  

P.P.P.S. I  Gwen Stefani.

Photo by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

*Note: I am in no way affiliated with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.  

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie + Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

So my husband and I went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier yesterday.

Oh. Mah. Glob.

Here’s what I was thinking during the movie:

That was funny.

Hey, there’s that guy from that show.

Yay for more Black Widow!

Crazy action sequences.

The thing is not the thing we thought it was.

Wait. What? What just happened?!


That was funny too.


I knew it.



If you haven’t already done so, you should totally go see it.

Something else you should do: Make these ice cream sandwiches.

We all know chocolate and peanut butter just go together so well. And ice cream just makes everything better.

So go on. Make these sandwiches.

And watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Because both are awesome.

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie + Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yield: 8 ice cream sandwiches


  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups peanut butter ice cream (I used peanut butter cup ice cream)


  1. In a medium bowl, add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and stir to combine. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add butter and sugars and beat with an electric mixer for a couple of minutes or until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla and beat to combine.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix to combine. Fold in the oats and chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Scoop 1 - 1 ½ tablespoon portions of dough onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven. Let cookies cool on the pan for a couple of minutes. Remove cookies from the pan and cool completely on wire rack.
  7. Scoop 2 ½-3 tablespoons of ice cream onto the flat side of one cookie. Top with another cookie and lightly press together. Repeat with remaining cookies and ice cream.
  8. Place sandwiches in the freezer for about 1-2 hours or until firm.
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