Tikiz on a roll with mall kiosk, shave ice trucks

I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream. On Maui, we also scream for our beloved shave ice.

The new Tikiz, with a kiosk upstairs in Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, takes it a step further by blending ice chips with ice cream and fruit-flavored syrups for snow shakes, like frappes. Tikiz also cools you down with traditional shave ice at the kiosk and in its two for-hire trucks.

“It’s been our dream to do this for the past 15 years,” says owner Vince Rosano. “We opened on February 1.”

“Our snow shakes are really good on a hot day,” adds his wife and business partner, Lori Rosano. “I’m a smoothie girl. So I like to drink my Tikiz through a straw.”

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Vince and Lori are as happy as clams to make their dream a reality. The shave ice trucks are painted with bright and colorful characters, have Caribbean-themed music, and misters to cool you off as you wait in line. The trucks also feature surfboard-shaped surv-bars, so keiki may add their whim of the fat-free, fruit flavored syrups.

From 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center will host its monthly bash – and Tikiz will be host.

“We’ll be downstairs passing out $1 off coupons,” says Vince. “KPOA Radio will sponsor the music. Listen to the Institute of Hawaiian Music players at 6 p.m.; and then Ikaika Brown comes onstage at 7 p.m.”

The brand-spanking-new trucks are ready to roll out to schools, camps, movie nights, day-care centers, church functions, corporate events and festivals.

In fact, one truck will be on hand for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Starry Night movie, “Despicable Me,” March 8. Bring your appetite for sweet treats.

“On the trucks, we also sell ice cream and novelty bars,” says Lori. “And we do what we call FUNdraising. We want to be active in local community events, and so if you book us at your functions, we’ll give you 20 percent from your event’s purchases to go right back to your organization. Let Tikiz bring the fun to you.”

Visit www.tikiz2u.com or call 757-8885.