Elisha Wintch, who owns and operates the trailer with husband, Phil Wintch, says the idea for the trailer stretches way back to her hometown of Moroni, Utah, where she had a “glorified lemonade stand” as a teenager. She eventually left the small town — population 1,200 — and traveled to Hawaii, where she had her first shave ice.
Phil Wintch — who is currently working on a master’s degree in social work — is usually behind the counter, although you’ll also find Elisha there when she’s not at work as a school psychologist in Sahuarita.
DaKine Hawaiian Shave Ice has 12 flavors to choose from, but you can mix and match, too. There’s even a separate menu of flavor hybrids with great names like “Tiger’s Blood” and “Peach Razmatazz,” both of which were sampled, both of which were delicious.
Prices are $4 for a large, $3 for a medium and $2 for a small. You can add a plastic contraption to catch drips to your order for 50 cents.
Judging from the vibe at the food trailer, selling shave ice for a living is happy work.
"Everyone's happy when they get a shave ice," says Elisha Wintch.
"The best part is hearing people say, 'Mmmmmm, that's so good,'" says Phil Wintch.