Noting that he grew up in Hawaii, where shave ice
is king, he applauded the work of owner Steven Holt and his staff.
- the company which introduced the idea to Europe - has just picked up a top award.
Nor is it a slushie, a Slurpee or Hawaiian shave ice.
My wife was wanting a (Hawaiian) shave ice business - she just loves shave ice," Huffman says.
Inside, the shave ice counter sits at the end of a gauntlet that looks like a cross between a Crazy Shirts and an ABC store.
They can't make shave ice fast enough, because they have to customize the product for each customer.
Shave ice didn't come until the 1960s, when Mamoru realized that beach-going customers needed a unique type of refreshment.
Stanley remembers his parents making syrup, his siblings making the shave ice and himself, as the youngest child, inserting the straws.
One particularly poignant story was of a customer who had a terminally ill grandson, who specifically requested Matsumoto's shave ice.
Matsumoto Grocery Store, a ramshackle old place that for years has been renowned for serving up the best shave ice on the North Shore.
Excitement here is generated by a walk to Matsumoto's for a shave ice.
After walking to Kokonuts Shave Ice
and Snacks with his younger daughter, he offered the fruit-flavoured dessert to reporters, who declined his offer.