Chinatown Hawaii: Hula Boba

Hula Boba

Hula Boba
65 N Pauahi Street, Honolulu
Located on Pauahi Street, between Maunakea and Smith St.
Near Char Hung Sut
Chinatown, Hawaii
Ph. 808.521.5213

Hula Boba

Hula Boba is another gem that I would have never found if not for the recommendation of my friend Arnold.  Located on Maunakea Street in Chinatown, this little Taiwanese-style dessert shop offers boba (bubble drinks) and snow ice, a unique shave ice dessert made with soy milk.  I opted to get the azuki (red bean) topping with condensed milk.  The regular size, which is quite large, was only $3. The large size was only a dollar more.

Shave Ice machine

The soy milk block is shaved just like shaved ice and tastes light and slightly creamy.  It’s a great alternative to ice cream for lactose intolerant folks like myself.


Select your choice of toppings: green mango, halo halo, honeydew, kiwi, lychee, mango, mulberry, passion fruit, peach, pineapple, red bean (azuki), or strawberry.  I opted for azuki.

Condensed Milk

Don’t forget to finish it off with some condensed milk!  Photo above shows the azuki + strawberry topping combination with condensed milk.  Photo below is my order with azuki only.

Shave Ice with Azuki and Condensed Milk

Hubby is a huge fan of bubble drinks and opted for the coffee smoothie boba. As a self-proclaimed boba connosieur, he gave it the thumbs up!


Next time you’re in Chinatown, cool off with a unique dessert from Hula Boba.

If Chinatown is out of the way, Hula Boba also has a location in Waipahu: 94-340 Waipahu Depot St, Waipahu, HI 96797, (808) 677-6930.  Located where the old Bigway Supermarket used to be.

(Thank you to Arnold who contributed photos #3-5 and for recommending this stop on my Chinatown jaunt.)

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7 Responses to Chinatown Hawaii: Hula Boba

  1. TypeZero3 says:

    That looks yummy, nice to know that there are these little holes in the wall still for us to find…

  2. Zen says:

    thanks to both you and arnold for showing us this place. I’m usually not in chinatown, but I shall definitely stop by soon 🙂

  3. Donna,

    This is such a beautiful blog. Loved reading your “About” me. Congratulations on your little one!

    Thanks for the post about this place. Azuki beans are definitely delish, and looks even better as a topping!

    Do you know of any place with rice or almond milk instead of soy?…

    Thanks again!

    • Donna says:

      Traci Toguchi: Thanks for stopping by! Since you mentioned my “About” page, I realized I hadn’t updated it in a while, so I did that today. i haven’t heard of any other places that serve almond milk instead of soy, but I’ll let you know if I stumble across any!

      Zen: You’re welcome! If you’re in Waipahu, there’s a Hula Boba location there too.

      TypeZero3: I believe in supporting local businesses, so it’s always nice to find a place like this that serves something unique and yummy!

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  5. Scooter1203 says:

    Someone brought the snow ice to work, and it is sooo delicious. Thank you for the interesting info and the great photos! I’ve sent this to my friends and family to tell them about this place. My daughter couldn’t find the Waipahu Hula Boba so I guess that’s something we’ll do this weekend. Thanks again!

  6. linda says:

    Hi Donna, I would like to know where I can purchase a shave ice machine. I live in louisiana and would love to start a shave ice parlor. I’ve looked all over the internet and it seems like the only place i can get on is to order overseas, at which i have no idea how to get in contact with. Does your shaved ice machine “shaves” the ice or is it like ice pebbles. Will you help me in how i can get one? or send me pics in how does the “shaved” ice looks like.

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