The Food Truck Diaries, Volume 19: DaKine Hawaiian Shave Ice

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A scorching asphalt lot down in Sahuarita is where a tiny yellow food trailer called DaKine Hawaiian Shave Ice spends its days. The place is an absolute hit with the residents of nearby Rancho Sahuarita, and is quickly gaining a following in Tucson by popping up at events like Second Saturdays and the Tucson Folk Festival.

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.

You can check in with DaKine Hawaiian Shave at their website here, or on Facebook over here.

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