A day after President Obama landed back in Hawaii to continue to his annual vacation, he took his daughters bowling and for shave ice (a tradition carried on from previous Hawaiian vacations, it seems).
According to pool reports, Obama, Sasha, Malia and several family friends went to Island Snow, which has long been the President's preferred spot. (President Obama has said that he likes his ice “straight, no frills,” and has ordered the flavor combo of cherry, lemon, lime and melon before.)
Shave ice -- not shaved ice -- is an iconic Hawaiian treat that’s made by shaving bits of ice off a large block. Shave ice is notably different, then, from the popular snow cone, which is made of ground ice. This textural difference apparently results in the ice absorbing the flavor syrup, as opposed to allowing it to sink to the bottom -- or so is one online encyclopedia’s take.
There is obviously no shortage of places to get this signature island treat. Besides the aforementioned, some popular shave ice haunts include Ailana Shave Ice, Matsumoto Shave Ice, Shimazu Store, and Waiola Shave Ice. The President has before deviated from Island Snow, paying a visit to Kokonuts Shave Ice and Snacks (where he also indulged in a tuna melt.)
Do you have a favorite place for shave ice? Let us know in the comments below. And find some of our favorite shots of the President eating the treat below.