Kaimana Shave Ice is discretely located in a rustic burgundy building next to Helemano Stream, at the northbound entryway to Haleiwa Town. A lot of thought has gone into this seemingly arcadian establishment. The interior is contemporary while the walls are decorated with wood frame art and vintage themed signage, begging for a place on the Instagram feeds of all who wander within.
But the greatest care is afforded to the frozen delicacy itself. The ice is shaved to a fine, dare we say elegant, texture. Once packed, the artisan delicately taps holes into the surface to allow flavors to penetrate the deepest recesses of the frost. From there, the syrup is poured with attentiveness, ensuring that it envelopes the semicircle that peeks above its receptacle like a rising sun. It is then presented to you for devouring. Resit the urge to down it so fast, and instead walk through the screen door to Helemano Stream, choose a shaded bench, then proceed to enjoy what utopia tastes like.
Top pick: coconut, with sweet cream and banana ice cream