Wahine Kai Shave Ice specializes in Hawaiian-style shaved ice.
We recently passed by this shop while running errands and had to stop in to check it out. Once inside, we were given a friendly greeting while we perused the menu. There are dozens of flavors of shaved ice offered, along with combinations mixed with ice cream, smoothies and boba tea drinks. I found myself feeling a little dizzy trying to read all the menu offerings and decided to just go with one of the popular favorites rather than try to make a decision.
The ice comes in two sizes (8 oz or 16 oz). I chose the kahuna, which is the smaller 8 oz size, yet this was still big enough for two. The flavors of the ice were mango, guava, and pineapple. It’s then topped with li hing mui powder and condensed milk.
The ice was very finely shaven and soft, much like the ice we had in Hawaii. It’s definitely one of the better versions of Hawaiian shaved ice we’ve eaten in San Diego. Mr. K thought it might be his favorite place so far.
Bird of Paradise
Mr. K wanted to try a shaved ice and ice cream combination, so he chose one. They asked us if we wanted a lid and we said yes, but realized our mistake later since that meant the ice was compressed down. This ice was as glorious looking as the other one before the lid was put on.
The flavors of the ice are mango and pineapple. It’s sprinkled with Li Hing Mui powder. At the very bottom is the scoop of coconut ice cream (Thrifty’s brand). We enjoyed the combination though I was a little sad to see the ice cream completely enclosed in the ice. I think it would have made for a nicer presentation for the ice cream to go on top, but this is probably a much more practical way to eat it.
Love this wall of post-it notes:
Overall, we had a good experience here. We loved the offerings and will have to come by and try more. The seating is small though, so you might have trouble finding a place to eat inside once the weather warms up.