Every local community has a story, a history, and a unique personality that cannot be replicated. This is often thanks to specialized, small-scale businesses, like this one, which contribute to a neighborhood’s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community. Small, independent businesses offer diverse products and services, fostering economic resilience by removing the local economy’s dependence on a single industry. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
As a result, patronizing a local business like this is an act of community building. Check out their website to learn more about the local experience you can discover today.
Did You Know?
- 48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That’s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers — Civic Economics’ 2012 survey of local businesses
- Local businesses have generated 65% of the country’s net new jobs over the past 17 years — US Small Business Administration
Leilani Shave Ice
Don't you dare mistake Leilani Shave Ice's frozen creations for snow cones. They're far more unique than that. Unlike snow cones, authentic Hawaiian shave—that's shave, not shaved—ice starts with a base of vanilla, macadamia, chocolate, mint chip, or strawberry ice cream. Upon that creamy foundation, staff pile ice that has been shaved down to a super-fine powder and sweeten it with a variety of tropical syrups in flavors such as blue raspberry, red watermelon, and orange dreamsicle. Even then, the delicious flavor layering isn't finished. Staff still need to add a final flourish in the form of toppings like condensed milk, chocolate or caramel syrup, or mini marshmallows. Leilani Shave Ice also offers other delicious treats like 30 different flavors of milk shakes, 16 varieties of ice cream, ice cream cookie sandwiches, Dole Pineapple Whip, and Dole Whip Floats, which has Dole Pineapple juice on the bottom and Dole Pineapple Whip on top.