Portlanders Are Willing to Wait Hours in Line For Wailua Shave Ice

Wailua Shave Ice has people lining out for hours for this cold treat

Last year, it seemed like soft-serve ice cream was all the rage with Salt & Straw’s Wiz Bang Bar opening and the popularity of places like Basilisk and Nong’s Khao Man Gai.

But this summer, shaved ice has taken over. The trend kicked off slowly last summer, when Wailua Shave Ice was just a Saturdays-only pop-up in the Lardo parking lot, but it’s already hit peak hype this season—and it’s not even July.

Yesterday, Wailua Shave Ice had a three-hour line to get their Kauai shave ice. Customers started lining up an hour before it even opened. The small shop, which recently opened in Union Way off Burnside, served more than 700 customers shave ice yesterday, as temperatures hit 101.

Read more at Willamette Week.

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