Review: The Fresh Shave, Kauai, Hawaii

Last updated: January 7, 2020

The Fresh Shave started out as a food trailer that offers shaved ice in Kalaheo, Kauai but has since expanded to add a brick and mortar location in Waimea in a shared space with Porky’s and in Pheonix Arizona on the mainland. If you plan on visiting the vintage food trailer. It’s a short detour of the Kaumualii Highway or north of Koloa, depending which way you are driving.

The Fresh Shave food trailer in Kalaheo

Compared to some other shave ice places, The Fresh Shave hand shaves the ice and offers healthier toppings and ingredients to accentuate your shave ice, fresh fruit, chia seed cream, and no high fructose corn syrup in their homemade syrups. After reading about it in an inflight magazine on our way to Kauai, we decided to make plans to check it out.

The Fresh Shave menu at the food trailer in Kalaheo
The Fresh Shave menu at the food trailer in Kalaheo

As a lot of the options were sold out when we arrived around 14:00, we ordered The Handlebar, which is pineapple + coconut. As there is only 1 person working and the process is pretty time consuming, we waited about 20 minutes in a line with about 5 other people. While we enjoyed the concoction, it was only average at best; we found the ice texture to be coarse, the topping quantity was poor, and the overall flavours were not what would have expected from fresh toppings.

The Fresh Shave Kauai
The Handlebar

If there is one thing that The Fresh Shave does well, it’s their branding, which is too bad since the product itself was underwhelming. Maybe it’s because we have enjoyed Ululani’s in Maui so much but this one didn’t quite stack up. We also enjoyed Wailua Shave Ice in Kapa’a more.

  • Rating: 12/20 – We would NOT visit again.
  • Quality: 3 –  Good
  • Quantity: 3 – Good
  • Service: 3 – Good
  • Location/Atmosphere: 3 – Good (it’s in a parking lot with nothing much else there)
  • We visited in May 2017
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