On the Big Island of Hawaii,it is also referred to as 'ice shave', though both terms (ice shave and shave ice) are used by locals. Shaving produces a very fine ice that appears snow-like. Flavored syrups are added to the ice, which are absorbed by the ice instead of surrounding it. A properly made shave ice product rarely requires a straw, since the flavors are in the ice and not at the bottom of the cup.
Although the traditional American flavors are common, shave ice in Hawaii is often flavored with local ingredients such as guava, pineapple, coconut cream, passion fruit, li hing mui, lychee, kiwi fruit and mango. Hawaiian shave ice is traditionally served in a conical paper or plastic cup with multiple flavors and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and/or adzuki bean paste at the bottom of the cup.
A common Hawaiian tradition is capping off a shave ice with a sweet creamy topping. This style of shave ice is common on the north shore of O'ahu, as well as on Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii (where it is called "Japanese style").