65 N Pauahi Street, Honolulu
Located on Pauahi Street, between Maunakea and Smith St.
Near Char Hung Sut
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.
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.
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.
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.)