66-087 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, HI 96712
I heard about Matsumoto’s from friends, before I even went to Hawaii. They raved about the shaved ice, how it’s a must try. So I made my friend stop by on our drive up to North Shore. You can’t miss it – it’s the only store with a huge line out the front! Supposedly there’s a Matsumoto’s truck at Diamond Head, but I didn’t see it when I went on my hike.
The line – don’t be daunted. Even though it may seem long, it actually moves quite fast. I guess shaved ice appeals to all ages!
The shaved ice menu – so many choices! Try it with the ice cream. The various flavored syrups blended with the vanilla ice cream is so good! Get it with a holder for an extra $0.25 if you don’t want dripping syrupy water all over you. 🙂
Got the small tropical flavor with ice cream, which has lilikoi, guava and papaya flavored syrups. So colorful and pretty! Not to mention so refreshing and yummy on a hot day.
The store also sells various Hawaiian treats and souvenirs. It’s a one-stop shop!