On a recent “girls’ getaway” in Kauai, my friend Sarah and I discovered a local treat that became a staple of our daily diet: shaved ice. After a day hiking in the 90-degree heat in Kauai’s impressive Waimea Canyon — dubbed “the Grand Canyon of the Pacific” by Mark Twain — we stumbled upon a place called Jo-Jo’s Shave Ice in the town of Waimea on Kauai’s south shore. Here, you can get a giant pile of shaved ice on top of either vanilla or macadamia nut ice cream.
Choose three flavors of syrup to create your own shaved ice concoction or choose from 15 tried-and-true favorites, like the Picnic Special, which is made with watermelon- and pink lemonade-flavored shaved ice on top of macadamia nut ice cream. My favorite combo was a self-concocted blue raspberry-, cream soda- and passion orange-flavored shaved ice on vanilla ice cream. I’m thinking of calling it Creamy Passionberry.
Turns out Kauai is known for its shaved ice, so you’ll find shaved ice stands, shacks, and shops all over the island, but none is as good as Jo-Jo’s (trust me, we tried them all).
Posted by Kari Bodnarchuk, Globe Correspondent