After driving by this little blue mini truck so many times near Sharks Cove, I finally got a chance to try the shave ice from the North Shore Shave Ice Truck. I have had shave ice from some of the most famous places on the island of Oahu such as Matsumoto’s, Waiola, Uncle Clay’s and Island Snow to name a few. So I’ve been pretty spoiled so far in my experiences with this very popular island dessert, until now.
When I stopped by and approached the truck to place my order, no one was there. I looked around and asked one of the guys at the rental place where the operator of the truck was. Neither of us could find him. I was pretty sure this was not a self-serve truck so instead of leaving, I decided to wait and sat on the bench enjoying the beautiful day and view of the ocean. No big deal.
After five to ten minutes of waiting, I notice a young man on a bike approaching with two bags of ice in his hands, which I’m guessing he purchased from Foodland as it is the closest store for someone on a bicycle. After he gets off his bike and places the ice where it needs to go, I approach him and ask what his truck is famous for. He says, “the view”. At least he was honest.
I ordered the Rainbow since that’s the one I’ve tried at several other places. My shave ice was ready within minutes. I use the term “shave ice” a little loosely here because the traditional method of making true shave ice is to literally shave the ice off of a round block of ice, not just crushing ice cubes into smaller bits of ice. The same effect just cannot be duplicated with ice cubes.
The North Shore Shave Ice Truck has about 11 flavors to choose from and also offers an Acai Bowl and a Root Beer Float. Everything on the menu is $5 and under. The flavors were sweet but in more of a sugary way and not in a fruity way. As you can see from the photos, the top of the shave ice has almost no color to it and two of these were taken right after it was made. The syrup quickly drains and after just a short amount of time most of the color and flavor is in the bottom of the bowl.
Overall, the young man who served me was friendly. This was not a bad experience or a negative one for that matter, just an average one. If you decide to have shave ice at the North Shore Shave Ice Truck don’t set your expectations too high or you’ll be disappointed. It’s easy to set the bar quite high when you’ve had some of the best on the island just don’t expect the quality of Uncle Clay’s, Waiola or Matsumoto’s.
If you want to give them a try, the North Shore Shave Ice Truck is open from 11:00am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday and on weekends 11:00am to 6:00pm.
Here are some photos from my visit to the North Shore Shave Ice Truck
Map to the North Shore Shave Ice Truck