Ono Family tropical treats

Here on Kauai, we all have our own favorite kind of shave ice. But one place that always has packed lines, satisfied patrons and one bombucha of one shave ice is the stand at Ono Family Restaurant.

Jane Sullivan-Ishii has operated that stand since 2009.

“I plugged in the shave ice machine and we had people showing up on the first day,” Sullivan-Ishii said.

The shave ice stand has 80 different flavors — mango, sangria, plum and haupia are just some of the unique flavors to choose from. If you have trouble picking what flavor you want, there is a list of popular combinations on the wall.  

For TGIFR!DAY, Sullivan-Ishii created a rainbow-flavored variation, which consisted of blue vanilla, pineapple and strawberry. The rainbow shave ice is snow capped (drizzled with sweetened condensed milk) and powdered with li hing mui. It sells for $3.25.

You can also add some character to your shave ice. Vanilla ice cream is an additional $1. Other ice cream flavors — chocolate, macadamia nut, Kona coffee, coconut and ube — are $1.50.

If that wasn’t enough for you, you can add mochi balls, azuki beans, lychee fruit and pineapple crush. The first add-on is $1 and each additional add-on is $0.50.

If you’re looking for sugar-free shave ice, the shave ice stand has eight flavors — blueberry, cherry, kiwi, peach, strawberry, vanilla, root beer and lemonade. There are also sour flavors: You have your choice of blue bubble gum, blue raspberry, cherry, cotton candy, grape, lemon, li hing mui, lime, lychee and pineapple.

Other desserts to try out at the shave ice stand include ice cream, halo halo, acai bowl, acai bar and soft serve banana.

With an abundant amount of combinations and choices to choose from, it’s no wonder why Ono Family Restaurant has some of the most onolicious shave ice on Kauai.


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