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How simple is this? A paper cone, some finely shaved ice, a sweet cascade of brilliant syrup splashed on top. Those are the essential ingredients of Hawaii’s most refreshing treats: shave ice. Yes, shave ice is not unlike the snow cone you used to lick at the county fair. What makes it different—and, well, better—is the finely shaved ice (no sharp, tongue-grating chunks) and the range of tropical flavors. Those can include litchi and guava, along with some Hawaiian additions like azuki beans, mochi balls, and maybe a little condensed milk on top. One classic North Shore Oahu shave ice stop is Matsumotos. In Honolulu, we also love Waiola Shave Ice (808/949-2269 or 808/735-8886).