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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
11:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sat 11:00 - 20:00
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Los Angeles, CA
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59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

HUGE portions. Tasty shaved ice and excellent ice cream. One shaved ice could have been shared by all 3 kids, but where's the fun in that? Kona Mud Slide ice cream is da bomb! Wear your stretchy pants...

Thank LA-Italia
Rodeo, California, United States
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68 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

The shave ice was amazing and the portions huge! Be sure and add ice cream and add the snow cap! Servers were helpful and friendly.

Thank Holly M
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Oh My Gosh! Amazing! DELICIOUS! A MUST GO! This is a Medium Shave Ice. A bit hard to find, but we'll worth it.

Thank Leanne E
Concord, New Hampshire
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Our visit to H.B.F was absolutely wonderful. Although the medium slushes were as big as our heads, we were amazed at all the flavors they had, and the people there were very nice. This is a place you cannot miss on a hot day. Just make sure to get a small!

Thank barnardah
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Lively little ice cream/shave ice place staffed with happy people. The shaved ice is huge and many people were enjoying that. We opted ice cream and it was very good. My husband got Kona mudslide and I got chocolate mochi chip. Both great.

Thank raf014
Grand Island, Nebraska
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651 reviews
395 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 362 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

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 

Thank mingfatsai
Denver, Colorado
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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.

Thank Michelle M
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

Thank ArchieB G
Honolulu, Hawaii
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

Thank Aimee Y
San Diego, California
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77 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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 

Thank Christine D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$8
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?