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Hawaiian Brain Freeze Shave Ice and Ice cream

1263 Kilauea Ave, # 290 - Hilo Shopping Center, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4220
+1 808-961-5935
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good19%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“ice cream” (26 reviews)
“sundae” (2 reviews)
“mango” (2 reviews)
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11:00 - 20:00All hours
1263 Kilauea Ave, # 290 - Hilo Shopping Center, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4220
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was hot. It was the perfect day for shave ice. Had mine with ice cream and azuki beans. They offer sugar-free syrups and ice cream for those watching their BG. Also came back later to buy Green Tea Ice Cream - it was great!!...More

Thank Matthew808
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This welcoming establishment was fitting for both locals and tourists. Nothing finishes up a day in Hawaii like some shaved ice, and these huge snow cones sure hit the spot!

Thank Luis V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just want to add my accolades to all the others. Best shave ice I've had in 9 trips to Hawaii. Huge portion (it's true a small is big enough to share). I loved watching the woman create it. It was like watching a sculptor. I...More

Thank dabbler45
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Shave Ice... for the kids! The real deal is the ice cream: Ube, lychee, ginger, mac nut, roasted coconut, mango, and all the usual flavors. Most ice cream is made on Big Island, in Waimea. Generous size balls of it. Addictive!

Thank fatoldlady
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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

This place was so so good! I can't recommend it enough! If you're in the Hilo area this place is a must. The shaved ice was delicious, the best I've had. Lots of creative ice cream flavors. The staff was super helpful and kind. This...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

The biggest servings of ice cream and shaved ice I have ever scene. Very large selection. You get way more than you would expect! Loved it... (the picture is a medium size shaved ice with vanilla ice cream in the middle)

Thank Clem1964
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

The servings here are really generous, so plan on sharing. There are so many good flavors of ice cream that it was hard to choose just one but believe me one scope is all you need. Even my teenagers could not finish their two scoops...More

Thank Renee S
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

To be fair, this is the only shave ice/ice cream shop we've tried in Hilo. We chose Brain Freeze based on other recommendations, and we were not disappointed. The selection is fantastic, the portions are gigantic (don't get a large unless you're sharing!!), and the...More

Thank Brad W
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This is a very popular shop for ice cream and shave ice. The prices are reasonable, the service - well, it's crowded, so expect to give them a few minutes to even take your order. Overall you'll be happy, and if it's too crowded inside,...More

Thank Al M
Reviewed 18 May 2017

My husband and i stopped in to try our first shave ice. It was huge and delicious. Luckily we only ordered one! Many tropical flavors of shave ice and ice cream.

Thank Karen V
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Greg H
23 May 2017|
Response from Karen V | Reviewed this property |
I believe they are open 11-7.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$8
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
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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