Here’s a free tip from our book: Ululani’s Shave Ice is so good that its “overall” rating (which averages the individual restaurant’s Food, Ambience, Service, Value and Love ratings) is as high as the top three luxurious, over-the-top restaurants. That’s how delicious this shave ice is — and how fantastic their service is.
Ululani’s opened first in Lahaina, followed by a Kahului location and another Lahaina joint, and, finally, in June 2012, a location in Kihei. It’s far from the resorts, but well worth the lovely drive along North Kihei Road. And the rumor is the owners will be trying out a dinner menu in addition to their already-supreme shave ice.
We never used to review shave ice places on Maui, because there just weren’t any that were serving the real treat. If you haven’t yet stopped in for a creamy, delicious dessert, do it at your next possible opportunity.
Note: Ululani’s is named for the comely owner, but the name is doubly apt. “Ulu” generally means tree, specifically the amazing breadfruit tree, and “lani” means heaven or heavenly. Keeping in mind that all Hawaiian words tend to have multiple meanings or uses, Ululani is most commonly translated to mean “divine inspiration.” Ululani’s instincts led her to open a shave ice stand in Seattle years before she and her husband Dave opened the Lahaina store … and we’re so glad she heeded the call of her heart.
Have a heavenly time. And never forget — if you want the best advice about Maui restaurants from people who live here and eat everywhere … get a copy of Top Maui Restaurants!