An array of colorful frozen treats decorate the fridge at 8 ½ Desserts, located in Kaimuki. Ice cream sandwiches take up a shelf in the display, while the other half showcases the various sorbets the store has to offer. Photos courtesy of Rebecca Meyer.

From shoyu mango ice cream to ume sorbets, local dessert delights can be found at 8½ Desserts on Waialae Avenue. The five-star shop specializes in ice cream-based dishes, such as ice cream pies and ice cream sandwiches.

With local favorites, such as watermelon pie and mango shoyu ice cream, the shop is known for its unique and local flavor selections.

Robert Borling, the owner of the establishment, thought of the idea to use local flavors and unique toppings such as furikake, soy sauce and recently a large toasted marshmallow.

The local shop has also been featured on Thrillest’s “31 Best Ice Cream Shops in America.”

Senior Martha Nicholas was a part of the group of Ka Leo students that visited the shop.

“I ordered the Peanut Butter ice cream, the owner was very friendly and the store was cozy,” Nicholas said.

8½ Desserts is open from 12:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Thursday. On Fridays, they are open until 10:30 p.m.

Store hours during the weekend are 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.

The store is located on 3434 Waialae Avenue. For more information visit their website at