Searching for an organic alternative to the Hawaii shave ice phenomenon? Look no further than Tege Tege, which means “just right” in Japanese. It is the only 100% organic and Japanese style shave ice on Kauai. Seeking a cooling treat in the blazing heat of summertime Kauai, tourists and locals flock to the many shave ice places on the island. As someone who prefers a healthy alternative, I have found the regular version to be high in sugar and artificial flavors and usually not made from real fruit. Tege Tege on the other hand, really has got it “just right”, with 100% organic fruit.
Japanese-born owner Eitaro is from a southern island in Japan called Amami, where there is a little store that sells shave ice that is very popular there. Inspired by this, he discovered that he could create his own unique shave ice with the many abundant fruits available on the island, such as Mango, Lilikoi (Passionfruit), Pineapple and many others. He brought a hand-operated shave ice machine called the Hatsuyuki from Japan, and transformed an old post office truck into his unique store.
A visit to Tege Tege is a delightful experience, the folks are passionate and friendly, obviously loving what they do. Their specialty is organic Japanese Green Tea shave ice with Azuki Beans and Green Tea Ice Cream. We sampled this one and it was delicious. The green tea icecream was superb and adds a little creaminess to the experience. A little condensed milk can be added to any of the flavors. Other flavors include Hibiscus, Blackberry, and a variety of other fruits. The latest special is Acai Shave Ice topped with Banana and Strawberry Granola.
Our 5-year old, who is always thrilled to dine on shave ice, devoured hers and then started getting into ours. A word of advice – they only make a certain amount each day and often sell out before closing time, so get there early to avoid disappointment. Open Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun 11.30am-4pm, closed Mondays and Thursdays (and days when the weather is bad).