Battle of the Dishes

Battle of the Shave Ice: Snoh Ice Shavery vs. Realeza Michoacana

Last summer, on my trip back "home" to Hawaii, I bought two Obama bobbleheads -- well, bobble-bodies -- one with the leader of the free world holding a surfboard the other of him holding a shave ice.

It's the latter that has me walking to my car in the 102-degree desert afternoon, feeling the heat of the sidewalk soaking through the soles of my black leather shoes. I'm in search of a frozen time-travel moment back to Lanikai Beach, where my flip-flops were just steps away from Island Snow, where Barack and I get our shave-ice fixes.

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Judith Nichols