Aulani Resort: Papalua Shave Ice and Mama’s Snack Stop

Papalua Shave Ice and Mama’s Snack Stop are two co-located food shacks in the middle of Aulani’s Waikolohe Valley, between the main Pool and Rainbow Reef.  Papalua Shave Ice (not “Shaved”) has been in operation since the resort opened last year. It is a traditional Shave Ice stand with local flavors like Lilikoi, Haupia, Mango, and Watermelon. I always get a rainbow with Guava, Grape, and Pineapple. Yum!

Mama’s Snack Stop just opened this week and offers hot dogs, chicken tenders, fries, and sweets with seveal Kieki (kids) combos. Remeber this is pool food so the menu is very limited. The buildings local Hawaiian theming is right on, and as you can see no long queues!

I ordered a Local Red Frank in a Soft Roll, an order of Fries, a Macadamia Nut-Pineapple Cupcake, and water.

For those of you who have never been to Hawaii the “Red” hot dog is very popular here. Redondo’s Hawaiian Winners are the best known. I was pleasantly surprised to see my Hot Dog was actually a “Puka Dog!” Puka is Hawaiian for “hole” where you dont cut the bun longways, you put a hole at one end and put the dog in the Puka. These dog aren’t served with all sorts of toppings, just a sauce. Needless to say they are very tasty and easy to eat. The fries were very good too.

But I saved the best for last. The Macadamia Nut-Pineapple Cupcake was incredible! On top was a very thin slice of dried pineapple with white chocolate on one side. Next to it was a triangle of white chocolate infused with Vanilla. The vanilla sugar-cream frosting has little Mickey Mouse sprinkles on it and was surrounded with a ring of chopped macadamia nuts. The pineapple cake’s inside was full of a wonderful pineapple preserve with a touch of whipped cream. I’m tellin ya, it was totally worth $4.50!


7 thoughts on “Aulani Resort: Papalua Shave Ice and Mama’s Snack Stop

  1. Thank you.
    I’ve been very curious about Mama’s since my Aulani visit last month.
    It was still under construction, and I’ve been trying to learn more about it since I left Hawaii.
    Your the first site that’s had an update.
    Aulani is an amazing place and as a DVC Member on the West Coast, I’ll be spending lots of time there in the future.
    I’m glad they’ve got a tasty new quick food option. Thanks again for the info!

  2. Yum does that cupcake look good. We are headed here next month so I stumbled on your site, hopefully they still have the cupcake :).

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