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“The G.O.A.T.”

Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice
Ranked #1 of 20 Dessert in Kihei
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$9
Cuisines: Hawaiian
Description: All Shave Ice is Not Created Equal... We specialize in and are passionate about serving the BEST shave ice! Now open for 5 years, we have rapidly become recognized as the top shave ice shop in Maui and one of the top 3 shave ice shops in ALL of Hawaii! We are known for the softest ice (comparable to Waiola's on Oahu), the best tasting flavors (we make 100% of our flavors using premium fruit purees, fresh fruits (when available), extracts, and concentrates from Hawaii and all across the United States), and warm friendly service with true ALOHA spirit! We specialize in our tropical fruit flavors. Our mango, coconut, pineapple, lilikoi (passion fruit), and guava taste like biting into the fresh fruit itself. From the filtered water to the premium gourmet Roselani's Ice Cream to the homemade mochi and azuki add-ons, we have thought through every detail of the shave ice to provide the BEST tasting shave ice possible! Get rid of any preconceived notions of what a shave ice or snow cone is like.....this takes shave ice beyond the highest level imaginable!
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Description: All Shave Ice is Not Created Equal... We specialize in and are passionate about serving the BEST shave ice! Now open for 5 years, we have rapidly become recognized as the top shave ice shop in Maui and one of the top 3 shave ice shops in ALL of Hawaii! We are known for the softest ice (comparable to Waiola's on Oahu), the best tasting flavors (we make 100% of our flavors using premium fruit purees, fresh fruits (when available), extracts, and concentrates from Hawaii and all across the United States), and warm friendly service with true ALOHA spirit! We specialize in our tropical fruit flavors. Our mango, coconut, pineapple, lilikoi (passion fruit), and guava taste like biting into the fresh fruit itself. From the filtered water to the premium gourmet Roselani's Ice Cream to the homemade mochi and azuki add-ons, we have thought through every detail of the shave ice to provide the BEST tasting shave ice possible! Get rid of any preconceived notions of what a shave ice or snow cone is like.....this takes shave ice beyond the highest level imaginable!
Reviewed 9 August 2014

G.O.A.T. - Greatest Of All Time. We were first time visitors to Maui and top of our list of to-do's was Ululani's. Out of pure coincidence, we found ourselves staying only across the road at Sugar Beach! I came in thinking I was going to have some sort of special slurpee, I came out having experienced a taste sensation like I was eating pure flavour clouds with every spoonful. In our 5 day stay, we went 3 times. Would've been 4th but the Road To Hana had us back at Kihei past the 6:30pm close.

Don't be fooled by the size names, Micro is a fair amount for an adult. Don't be deterred by lines, we waited 20 minutes to be served on a smoking hot day. You'll understand why it's a long wait when you rock up to the counter to see the art of shave ice being made in front of you. Don't forget to get a loyalty card if you're a family that's going to stay in Maui for a few days! Trust me, you will go back.

Mango, coconut, lychee, root beer, passion orange.. you can't go wrong. There are so many flavours to choose from. Try out the mochi on top or the ice cream base but always go for the snow cap! Don't know what it is, just try it! I have to say, I could be biased when I say G.O.A.T as it's the only place I've had Shave Ice in the whole of Hawaii. I'm going to keep it that way and when you have so many customers saying the same thing waiting in line, I don't want to try anywhere else!

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Reviewed 8 August 2014

There's nothing like a refreshingly cold treat on a hot day. This place is always busy (a good sign) when we drove by. When we finally stopped here, there was no wait. Four of us all ordered something different. I think the two best ones were the root beer float flavor and the Haleakala combo. The micro size is the smallest size, yet it's pretty big. I barely finished mine (got full). This was definitely the best shaved ice I have ever had.

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Reviewed 8 August 2014

During our recent trip to Maui, we came to Ululani's twice. The first time was earlier in the day and there was no wait. The second time was during an afternoon and it took ~20 minutes before we could place our order. There are 2 serving windows, but it takes time because the staff takes care to carefully pack the ice into the cups and shape it. The ice is very fine as you would expect from good "shave ice". The staff is very friendly and patient...make sure you tip them nicely.

There are 3 sizes: micro, small, and large. It seems like a bit of sales psychology is at work since the "micro" is actually good size and more like a normal "small"; there was no "medium".

Lots of standard flavors and a lot of local flavors that are hard to find on the "mainland". For extra charge, you could have "snow-cap" which is a cream almost like condensed milk over the ice. Other options include "mochi" or coconut shavings as a topping and ice cream (vanilla, macademia, haupia) or red bean for the bottom of the cup.

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There are picnic tables to sit and enjoy your snack, but it could get crowded as there are only a few.

For those with young children, bear in mind that there are no public restrooms around (at least that we could find).

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Reviewed 7 August 2014

We went to Ulalani's (Kihei and Kahului) many times on our trip to Maui. We also tried Breakwells and Local Boyz. Three years ago we found things we liked about all not so this trip. The Local Boys ice was rather chunky,not quite right . But do go to it if you want to try out the beans, mochi, ice cream at the bottom etc for no extra charge. But for over all best ice it's Ulalani's. Their fruit flavors are great. *not pineapple though it tastes like it came from a can.
They take credit cards too. Nice when you are stopping when you didn't plan on it. We found the Lahaina lines longer and in the sun. The Kahului is small but always seems to be on the way or way back from somewhere. The Kihei lines can be long in the later afternoon. We would get lucky and just seem to miss the longest lines.
We found the adults were happy to split a small ( it's their medium) and the kids had the micro each. (PS the Kahului shack doesn't say micro anywhere but you can have it or anything you had at any of the other locations…no problem they said.) It was so good. And not a sugar overload as other poster's have mentioned. Go ahead and stop and try it. You will be glad you did and become a Shave Ice junkie like us.

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Reviewed 7 August 2014

Loved their different flavors and ice creams. Long line that moves quickly; great service, friendly faces! Went there three times and each time they did not disappoint! You must go!

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