Shades of Shave Ice: Holo Holo for Halo Halo in Waipahu

From the O.G. Mahalo Halo to mais con yelo and beyond—Magnolia Ice Cream and Treats brings us home with soulful shave ice vibes.


Shades of Shave Ice explores the rainbow of expressions of our favorite summertime treat. From its ethnic origins to farm-fresh flavors and must-have toppings, we’re spotlighting O‘ahu’s shave ice scene one or two shops at a time.




In our final episode of Shades of Shave Ice, we’re called back to our roots. Growing up in Hawai‘i, there’s a style of shave ice we remember most from small-kid-time. Whether it originates from your cultural background or just a neighborhood shop, there’s always one that brings us home every time we get to enjoy it. For us, it’s halo halo! Maybe it wasn’t the most readily available shave ice but the sweet, milky treat always put a special smile on our faces. Despite many Filipino restaurants serving up their versions of halo halo, Magnolia Ice Cream and Treats remains the halo halo destination in Waipahu. Pandan fans, coconut jelly addicts and ube aficionados can all agree that Magnolia serves up halo halo memories for days. Mahalo for following along on this sweet journey with us through Hawai‘i’s beautiful shades of shave ice!


Special thanks to Mahina Chong for the video assist!


$5 to $8.59, open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m.—9 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m.—8 p.m., 94-50 Farrington Highway,, @magnoliaicecreamtreats, #thehalohaloplace


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View more Shades of Shave Ice

Episode 1: Shades of Shave Ice: Local Fruit Shines at Waikīkī’s New Shave Ice Shop
Episode 2: Shades of Shave Ice: Kapahulu is Home to Two Old-School Shave Ice Institutions
Episode 3: Shades of Shave Ice: Get Your Bingsu Two Ways in Ke‘eaumoku
Episode 4: Shades of Shave Ice: Kailua’s Neighborhood Shops With Shave Ice Counters
Episode 5: Shades of Shave Ice: Waikīkī Has Taiwanese Shave Ice Cornered on Kūhiō and Seaside