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5017 Lawai Rd, In front of Lawai Beach Resort, Koloa, Kauai, HI 96756-9619
+1 808-855-8304
11:00 - 17:00
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Littleton, Colorado
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Honestly this place is tied for our favorite on the island. Small shack, great service, housemade natural syrups. Only place we found on island with a natural banana syrup. Highly, highly recommend.

Thank Patrick J
Lihue, Hawaii
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great big servings! And children's sizes too! Lots of different flavors to choose from. A great way to refresh after swimming across the street at the beach. Easy, free parking next door.

Thank Audra T
Lynda C, Owner at RipTides Shave Ice & Snacks, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write a nice review, always appreciated! More 

Wheaton, Illinois
Level Contributor
8 reviews
Reviewed 4 April 2017

This spot is right across from Lawai Beach. Very nice owner. Great spot to stop before or after a visit to Spouting Horn which is about 1.5 miles down the street. Worth a stop!

Thank Jeffrey B
Lynda C, Owner at RipTides Shave Ice & Snacks, responded to this review

It is a great spot! Thanks for stopping! More 

Kelowna, Canada
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Yummy shaved ice - enjoyed the natural ( cane sugar) pineapple and passion fruit flavours. Delicious refreshment after snorkelling!! Two thumbs up!!

1 Thank bcislandgirl
Lynda C, Owner at RipTides Shave Ice & Snacks, responded to this review

Mahalo!! The real fruit does make alllll the difference! More 

Kronberg im Taunus, Germany
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98 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

We came across this little snackbar when we came back from our morning walk to Spouting Horn and the Acai smoothie really hit the spot. They do lunch options (very popular with the surfing kids, I wouldn't eat Chili in the midday heat, think 80's...) Do go when in the neighbourhood!

1 Thank VidaBoheme63
Lynda C, Owner at RipTides Shave Ice & Snacks, responded to this review

Thank you so much! More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

We stayed at Kuhio Shores, so this was perfect for us! We loved snorkeling at Lawaii Beach and being able to walk across the street (30 feet away from our beach towels!) for snacks or lunch!

1 Thank lunatoke
Lynda C, Owner at RipTides Shave Ice & Snacks, responded to this review

Mucho Mahalo!!!! More 

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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We always buy a shaved ice here. Don't forget to make it a combination with a snow cap over ice cream

1 Thank Steve E
Marysville, Washington
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168 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Located across the road from Lawai Beach, this little stand offers snacks, hotdogs , shave ice, some drinks and other goodies. It is a one-person show so service is on "island time". Also, choices are limited because of the small size of the shop. However, given those disclaimers, it is convenient to those snorkeling or enjoying the beach.

1 Thank Lyndy468
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181 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Very convenient located across from the beach. Loved the fresh fruit syrup really good. The owner was very nice and appreciative. Didn't get food but the snacks looked good.

Thank LodiDazzles
Lynda C, Owner at RipTides Shave Ice & Snacks, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. I appreciate it! More 

Southlake, Texas
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

While beach hopping we discovered this lovely spot where you can lay out on a super nice grass area and watch the surfers while enjoying the fresh fruit shaved ice from Riptides. The lady there serves up refreshing drinks/snacks with a big dose of Hawaiian hospitality. Sweet!

Thank frog52016
Lynda C, Owner at RipTides Shave Ice & Snacks, responded to this review

Thank you so much! It's a special place that is for sure! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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American, Fast food, Hawaiian, Vegetarian Friendly
Drinks, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Cash Only, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5017 Lawai Rd, In front of Lawai Beach Resort, Koloa, Kauai, HI 96756-9619
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Koloa
  • Phone Number: +1 808-855-8304
Shave Ice with or without Ice Cream. Traditional or Homemade Real Fruit Shave Ice made with organic cane sugar and fruit only! Our traditional syrups are made on the Island and do not have High Fructose Corn Syrup in them. Very Yummy! We have organic fruit smoothies. A variety of snacks, bacon wrapped Polish Sausage dogs, all beef hot dogs, corn dogs, sandwiches, chili/rice, chips, candy, drinks, Kauai best brownies and Ice cream Lava Bowl. We are always adding new items. Open M-Sat. unless it is raining, then we are closed.

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