Eitaro, owner of Tege Tege Shave Ice, moved to Kauai from Amami, a southern island in Japan.
When he moved to Kauai and realized mango, passion fruit and pineapple were available, he decided to make shave ice. Look for the little, light blue food truck in Kilauea on the corner of Hookui Rd & Kolo Road. The counter shelf has a holes drilled in it to hold a flower pots. It’s so cute! The food truck itself was made from an old mail delivery truck.
Everyone loves shave ice on a hot, humid day after the beach but the sugary syrup leaves you with a massive sugar high. Not too mention, parents aren’t big fans of loading our kids up with sugary, unhealthy treats. Tege Tege Shave Ice is a Japanese-style shave ice which is 100% organic. The word Tege Tege translated to “just right” and that’s exactly what it is- just right. Not too sweet, not dull as all of the flavors used are made with 100% real fruit, herbs, flowers, Azuki beans and teas. Organic evaporated cane juice is used as a sweetener in some of the shave ice.
Tege Tege is open daily from 11:30 am-4:30 pm, although they only commit to 100 servings per day. Be aware that if they reach 100 shave ice prior to 4:30 p.m. than you are outta luck! My advise, go early. We visited about 3 p.m. and the owner just shouted out to the line from his little window, “4 more and we are closing”. The people in line turned away and left.
Be prepared to wait!!! Due to the process of making this deliciously, healthy shave ice, plan to wait about 5-10 minutes per shave ice. Eitaro uses a hand crank called an Hatsuyuki (first snow) to shave the ice. We waited close to an hour to receive our shave ice and you can’t gauge the wait time by the line, as customers were ordering 4-5 shave ice each!!! Patience, patience, patience. My expectations were extremely high after an hour-long wait. I was pleasantly surprised, not only the refreshing, intense burst of natural flavor, but the intricate process to make each shave ice.
The menu changes based on fruits in season.
Flavors include hibiscus, lemon-honey, lime, coconut, raspberry, strawberry, mango, mango-honey, passion fruit, passion fruit-honey, blackberry, blueberry, Jamaican lilikoi, pineapple, brown sugar, and Japanese green tea with azuki bean. Most of the shave ice are served with a fresh, mint leaf on top. I highly recommend the coconut as there are shaved pieces of coconut layered into the shave ice. I watched Eitaro as he made each shave ice. First he shaves a little ice, then adds flavor, then shaved coconut pieces, over and over again. He shaves about an inch of ice, then stops to add flavoring. This is why it takes so long to make each shave ice. It is definitely a process and there is only one person there. Be sure to drop a tip in the tip jar on the little counter. The price is just $6.00!!! Now- go get yours.
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