Friday, August 26, 2011

Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha (HOPA)

Ran a few errands around town today, but stopped by Foodland Farms on the way home. It was blistering humid and hot, and I was so thirsty. I needed something cool and refreshing!! Passed by Uncle Clay's in the Aina Haina Shopping Center, and immediately turned around to find a space. Heard and read about Doe Fang (a childhood favorite for getting li hing mui stuff and icee) closing down, and original owners opening up a new and improved Uncle Clay's. I wanted to see what the hype was about!

Walked in and was immediately greeted by friendly smiles, and guess who, Uncle Clay, himself! He introduced himself, introduced the staff and his nephew and partner, Bronson, and continued to ask me how I heard about it. Uncle Clay asked if I knew he was the old Doe Fang, and I said I did, though I admitted I had not been back since Elementary school! He then proceeded to ask how old I was, and was shocked to hear that I wasn't 16. I get this all the time. I sure hope I will appreciate it when I'm older...

Anyway, there was only a small menu, though I was pleasantly surprised with what I got. I decided on a small bowl of HOPA Sunshine (like a P.O.G.- Passion Orange Guava) and Pineapple flavor with "Dream Sauce." It was definitely everything I could have asked for and more- really refreshing, creamy, plus the HOPA Sunshine and Pineapple flavoring seemed to have been made out of fresh fruits. There were remnants of pulp! The HOPA had strawberry seeds it looked like, and of course, pineapple pulp. Basically it was fresh fruit syrup! You don't find that just anywhere! Also, shocked to see the price. $3.50. THREE FIFTY for all of that?! Cheapest Shave Ice Bowl I've EVER had. And another plus, shave ice was so thin and soft. One of the best texture shave ice and flavoring I've tried so far. Pineapple is probably my favorite flavor here- tastes like you're eating a fresh, super sweet pineapple.

Another plus? Lots of parking!!!

PS- I didn't get to snap any other pictures besides my own shave ice, because of the big greeting I got when I walked in. Trust me, go see for yourself!

Can you see the little bits of seed and pineapple pulp?
So fresh!

1 comment:

  1. Finally read your blog after HOPA tweeted about it! Uncle Clay and Bronson are the BOMB!!!