By Angelina Jahn
Celebrate the return to campus with a refreshing treat.The Ohana Hawaiian Shave Ice Truck will be stopping by Grand Rapids Community College’s multiple campuses on Aug. 24 and Aug. 25.
From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 24, you’ll be able to find the truck near the front entrance of Tassell MTEC. In the afternoon, from 2 to 4 p.m., they’ll be located in the administration building parking lot of the Devos Campus. The truck’s last stop on campus will be on Aug. 25, from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the South end of the Commons on Main Campus. They offer a myriad of flavors of authentic Hawaiian shave ice, including a few dye-free and sugar-free flavors, all of which are listed on their website, with the most popular flavor being blue raspberry, followed by tiger’s blood (a mix of strawberry, watermelon, and coconut) and mango. Authentic Hawaiian shave ice is prepared by shaving a block of ice and then flavoring it with syrup, which results in finer pieces of ice than a snow cone.
Established in 2018, Ohana Hawaiian Ice is a family-owned and operated business located in West Michigan.
“We’re a pretty close family so it’s nice working with people who you know are there for you,” wrote co-owner Ali Whitley in a message to The Collegiate. “It’s nice knowing the everyday lives of your co-workers and knowing that the business decisions and scheduling include everyone, to make sure we are able to enjoy things outside of work.”
“I’d say our type of business is a little more laid back than a lot of other family businesses, so it’s nice going into a non-hostile work environment where we all mess around with each other a little and enjoy every shift,” Whitley wrote. “We know what to expect out of everyone and nobody wants to let anyone else down.”
When asked about how the idea for the truck came to be, Whitley responded, “While growing up, some of the family used to go to the summertime concerts in the park. At these concerts there was a woman who always showed up with this little cart and sold what at the time we thought was shave ice. We wanted to start a business together and after some reminiscing on our childhoods we came up with the idea to do shave ice. After a bunch of research, we learned that the lady did more of a modified snow cone rather than shave ice, but we learned the true authentic Hawaiian style and now we present REAL shave ice.”