‘Tis The Season For Shave Ice In Hawaii

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - October 14, 2009
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Edmond Chen, June Chan and Danny Chan

June Chan knows why shave ice is so popular at her new business Snow in Four Seasons.

“Hawaii weather is good for shave ice,” says Chan, explaining the poetic name of her shop. “You can eat the ice all year long. All different ages can eat it for all different seasons.”

The cold treat can include azuki beans, condensed milk and ice cream, too, and she also offers sugar-free syrup and ice cream. Acai bowls with granola and banana are served at the store, in addition to dim sum, cookies, pastries, hot dogs, saimin and other snacks.

The 500-square-foot shop is located on the Fun Factory side of Market City Shopping Center in the indoor alcove next to Duk Lee.

One of the entrepreneur’s goals, of course, is to lure in more customers.

“We do the best we can to make it good,” says Chan. “If they try it, they remember you, and they can come back.”

Her brother C.K. Leung is in charge of sales, marketing and training.

Snow in Four Seasons offers $5 coupons that organizations can sell for fundraising. “You can come in and use the coupon to buy something within six months,” Chan says.

The busy Hawaii Kai resident, who once owned a clothing shop in Kilohana Square, is at the shave ice store when she’s not doing nails, facials and waxing at her other shop, June’s Diamond Head Beauty Salon on Monsarrat Avenue, which she has owned for the past 13 years. Earlier this year, she opened the Kakaako-based Tasty House, which wholesales and retails dim sum.

Chan says she appreciates the support of all her customers, friends, family and especially her husband, Danny.

Snow in Four Seasons is located in Market City Shopping Center at 2919 Kapiolani Blvd. The hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 734-1878.

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