Original Big Island Shave Co, Inc.

Original Big Island Shave Co, Inc.
61-3616 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, HI 96743


Ode to Original Big Island Shave Ice Company

This is original

That’s the name

Original Big Island Shave Ice Company

Of shave ice fame

They are so famous

People far and near

Kama’aina and malahini

Slurp with good cheer

They serve ice mounds

People come out

Cold ice and ice cream

So brok da mout!

Onolicious toppings

With portions extreme

Strawberry sundae or halohalo

With a mound of whipped cream

Sink your teeth in

A cold Noelani

Or a Kimrah Special

To share with your honey

Want something strange?

Or a bit weird?

Slurp some Green Tea

To drip on your beard

A day at the beach

Lying on the sand

Shave ice and ice cream

Go hand in hand

Or a hard day’s work

Your body is shot

Shave ice and ice cream

Just hits the spot

So come on down

To Kawaihae Road

Original Big Island Shave Ice Company

This ends my ode.


Kama’aina: Locals from Hawaii
Malahini: Tourists
Brok da mout: food is so tasty
Onolicious: a combination of a Hawaiian word, ono, the word for delicious, and the English word delicious.

Contributed by:  Jada Rufo, a former English teacher in China. She is the author of Banana Girl: An Asian American Woman’s Life in China. Although she has been back in her home state of Hawaii for four years she still finds it difficult to readjust after living abroad for fourteen years. You can read some of her poetry right here! WordPress

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  1. Gino Williams

    September 27, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Just sat still long enough to read your posts. Love them!!! And there are lots of great restaurants featured, especially from the Chicago area.

  2. Christa chn

    September 28, 2016 at 10:27 am

    That looks yummy and the prose behind it stimulates my appetite glands.

  3. sierrabrydebell

    September 28, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    This looks delicious! Thanks by the way for leaving a “like” on my page!

  4. Alan J. Blaustein

    October 3, 2016 at 7:46 am

    This is delightful! Onolicious is a great word!

  5. Alan J. Blaustein

    October 3, 2016 at 7:47 am

    (Oops, forgot) Thank you for liking my poem “Lady”!

  6. msgoodlife.ch

    October 5, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Reblogged this on @msgoodlife.ch and commented:
    makes me wanna go to hawaii now

  7. shaunhays

    October 6, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    First time I have seen a rhyming review! I give you an “A+” for Creativity and Originality! Thank you for liking my post!

    1. Donna Chlimon

      October 6, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      Thank you, I appreciate it!!

  8. sanberdooboy

    October 17, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    the shaved ice poem is fun! i can tell that you delight in language as well as food, mixing in an exotic recipe of foods and flavors.

  9. Uttley

    October 25, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Aloha! I am Uttley and you, obviously, rock.

  10. landl30

    October 26, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Love this.. brings back wonderful memories of the Big Island…. spent two wonderful tours at St. Jude’s down in Ocean View…. wonderful people there too.
    Len Freeman (poemsperday.com)

    1. Donna Chlimon

      October 28, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      That sounds awesome!! I’m glad it could take you back and bring back wonderful memories of yours 🙂 thanks for stopping by!

  11. misstanyujie

    November 5, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Thank you all for your wonderful words of inspiration. This poem went through several incarnations. I was trying to write something that was’t so rhyme-y chime-y. What I ended up with really sounded corny and forced so I went back to being rhyme-y chime-y and ended up with what you see here.

  12. intrepid8

    November 5, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    You have talent.

    I can see you turning this into a song and having a music video with a day at the beach in the background.

    Food for thought!

    1. Donna Chlimon

      November 9, 2016 at 12:42 am

      That’s sweet, thanks for stopping by!

  13. kristinamarieblack

    November 9, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Cute poem! And now I want to be in Hawaii eating shave ice.

  14. misstanyujie

    July 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    They have now added new flavors. The “Nuts-about-You has peanut butter flavor shave ice with a Reese’s Pieces chocolate. The Cookies n Cream is topped with an Oreo cookie. YUM!

    1. dineANDrhyme

      July 13, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Good to know!! Their ice cream is especially delicious 😋

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