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May 4, 2007
From journal A Haole Hanging in Oahu...With Locals
April 8, 2007
From journal Oahu - The Heart of Hawaii
by Katie Morgan
San Antonio, Texas
April 16, 2005
So it goes like this: say "yes" to the drive to Hale'iwa and Matsamoto's for shave ice and "no" to poi!!
Hale'iwa has several other options for shave ice. One store features special cream-style toppings. Another a good subsitute.
Shave ice is just what it says. Instead of the ice being finely crushed, it is shaved with a sharp blade. The sharper the better and Matsamoto's is the sharpest blade on the island. It's well worth the up-to-forty-minute wait on a hot summer's day when the line wraps its way down the street.
Winter Ice - when it is 80 and still technically winter elsewhere in the universe - is the best. No line. No wait.
Be sure to pick up the plastic container on the shelf on your way in. For the extra 25 cents, you can keep your shave ice from dripping.
While the chicken's free-ranging in the parking lot, along with lazy cats napping in the sun, it's a great atmosphere, but the abundance of bees hanging at the trash cans to feast is not.
Bonus: Adam Sandler fans can gaze upon his photo on the wall from his days here filming 50 First Dates.
Matsamoto's Shave Ice - it don't get "mo bettah."
From journal Life in Paradise
March 10, 2005
You should try the shave ice on top of ice cream - really delicious. If you are adventurous, you can also get it with beans, which sounds strange, but they are sweet adzuki beans. At least one your group should get the beans so you can try them.
It's a good road trip. To head over there, you can go through the pineapple fields and, of course, see the famous North Shore beaches after you finish your shave ice. It has to be good, because Tom Hanks has gotten shave ice here!
From journal Oahu Mahalo Nui Loa