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Hawaiian Brain Freeze Shave Ice and Ice cream

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1263 Kilauea Ave, # 290 - Hilo Shopping Center, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4220
+1 808-961-5935
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11:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 20:00
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Grand Island, Nebraska
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620 reviews
381 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 346 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This very popular destination sits in a small strip mall a bit off the beaten path. We were incredibly lucky when we arrived; we walked right up to the counter and placed our order. Just as we placed it, a procession of over 20 people walked in. If your timing is the least bit off, you can end up waiting... More 

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Thank mingfatsai
Denver, Colorado
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Great shaved ice quick service. We ordered a small and it was HUGE! Lots of flavor a to choose from.

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Thank Michelle M
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Great family owned place for ice cream and shaved ice with ice cream filling. Biggest shaved ice you will ever find.

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Thank ArchieB G
Honolulu, Hawaii
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

don't think they're used to huge crowds. Needs some organizing, but when you get your order, it is BIG and nice fine shaved ice. NOT ice chips, but SHAVED ice.. Strawberry flavor is a standard for us, and it was good, not some funky flavoring.

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Thank Aimee Y
San Diego, California
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77 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

This is the place to stop by for a sweet treat in Hilo. Located inside the Hilo Shopping Center right off of Kilauea Ave and with plenty of parking! My husband and I were looking for ice cream and of course I was looking for a place that had the local island flavors no plain jane vanilla this time since... More 

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Thank Christine D
Honolulu, Hawaii
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Total chaos (you will be entertained). No one behind the counter seemed to care that there was utter confusion as to where the line started..you make a selection, then get out of line to pay for it, then WAIT....AND WAIT....If you see someone getting their order before you even if you KNOW you placed your order way ahead of them...seems... More 

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Thank 808HulaLady
Hilo, Hawaii
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Great place to get a ice shave or ice cream. You will get your moneys worth. Even the small is big. Try it out.

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Thank rose13005
San Jose, California
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236 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

We stopped here after a long day at Volcano National Park, followed by a short visit to Hilo, before heading back to Kona. We each ordered a medium shave ice and thought we'd be able to eat it, as the shave ice isn't packed down like at the other places. Sadly, after just having eaten dinner, neither of us finished... More 

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Thank MMM2001
Lexington, Kentucky
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We finished visiting waterfalls and needed something to cool off and decided on Hawaiian Brain Freeze. It was wonderful. My daughter got a childs shaved ice and it was huge!! We also had ice cream and it was very good. The people here was very friendly. The place was very busy and there was only a table for 2 (we... More 

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Thank Emily G
Mountain View, Hawaii
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

My husband loves banana ice cream and is incredibly critical when it comes to his favorite flavor. The banana mac nut here was "perfect." Ginger was really good too. Lots of options for both ice cream and shave ice flavors.

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Thank Lauren N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$8
Cuisine
Hawaiian
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 20:00
Thursday
11:00 - 20:00
Friday
11:00 - 20:00
Saturday
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1263 Kilauea Ave, # 290 - Hilo Shopping Center, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4220
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-961-5935

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?