IL Gelato Hawaii 1 - Kahala Mall
4211 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 732-3999
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"We want to make people happy!"
It is our mission to make people happy by serving great tasting and natural gelato (ice cream). With our gelato we want to introduce "slow food" as well as bring the joy of "la dolce vita" to Hawaii.
To combine their passion for Hawaii and Italian gelato (ice cream), Dirk Koeppenkastrop and his wife Nicole Lueker founded IL Gelato Hawaii in 2010 in Honolulu on the Island of Oahu. As a University of Hawaii graduate with a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and a corporate food background, Dirk studied the Italian art of making gelato at Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna, Italy. Later, he trained and worked with the gelato "world champions" in Europe. His natural science background allows him to bring gelato-making to a new level. Inspired by Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, Dirk always wanted to fuse Hawaiian and Asian flavors with traditional European gelato making. In 2010, Dirk and Nicole were ready to bring their gelato dream back to the islands.
Our Approach to Health and Taste
We offer excellent quality products, which are make from healthy and natural ingredients. By combining science with old traditions, we do not compromise the taste of our delicious desserts.
Our Goal and Mission
We combine passion and creativity to develop a unique spectrum of Hawaiian and traditional Italian flavors. Experience the difference!
Our flavors range from traditionally Hawaiian influenced flavors to classic Italian flavors. We have created over 150 recipes so far and enjoy the creative process of making new and exciting flavors.
Some of the flavors are contingent on season and availability and may change. We rotate our flavors to keep it exciting. We also create individual "signature" flavors specifically designed for our wholesale customers. Please contact us for more information.
Here are some of our attractions. We can also create individual signature flavors specifically designed to meet your taste.
- Fresh Pineapple
- Hawaiian Sorbetto
- Hawaiian Sunrise
- Blackberry Cabernet
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Frutti di Bosco (Mixed Berries)
- Mango Lilikoi
- …and many more. Ask for our specialties.
- Tahitian Vanilla
- Kona Coffee
- Macadamia Nut
- Chocolate Ginger
- Hawaiian Apple Banana
- Old Fashioned Chocolate
- White or Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nut
- Fior di Latte
- Cappucino Caramel
- Caramel Variegate
- Sea Salted Caramel
- Italian Gianduia
- Italian Hazelnut (from Piedmond, Italy)
- Italian Walnut (from Sorrento, Italy)
We are dedicated to the true artisan handcrafted gelato the way it is done by the finest gelato masters in Italy. We are using our own recipes, original Italian gelato equipment and authentic traditional Italian processes.
Our artisan gelato is made in a certified and environmentally friendly production, using environmentally save products wherever possible and minimizing energy consumption.
Our process is key to our success and includes the following elements:
- Selecting the very best ingredients
- Working from scratch -- making our own mixes, pastes, toppings and garnishes
- Extracting the flavors through cold and hot fusion processes
- Freezing fresh daily
- Storage in "high tech", specifically designed Italian gelato freezers.
Fresh every day
We make different flavors fresh daily! We scientifically refine our recipes constantly, enabling us to offer the very best gelato in terms of taste, texture and nutrition.
As presentation is key, we go to great length to make delicious-looking creations.
What is Artisan Gelato?
Artisan gelato is a type of ice cream, which is per definition handmade by a ‘skilled craftsperson' using skills passed on through generations and perfected over decades. Artisan producers use a ‘hands on' approach as they make smaller batches of gelato intended for immediate consumption as the best gelato is eaten fresh directly after completion of the freezing process. Artisan gelato making is using a manual process. It requires a ‘human touch' while preparing and combining ingredients or keeping a close eye on the freezing process.
What is the Difference between Gelato and Sorbetto?
- Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream. Gelato has 50 to 70% less butter fat than regular ice cream, which translates to less calories per serving, making it a perfect, more healthy treat to indulge in.
- Sorbetto is the Italian word for fruit gelato without containing dairy. It has 0 % butter fat and does not contain any dairy products or lactose. It is very low in calories -- approximately 80 to 90 kcal per ½ cup serving. Sorbettos are vegan, gluten free, and a healthy and delicious alternative for people with food intolerances or special diets.
- Gelato incorporates less air than ice cream during the freezing process due to the low butterfat content and the lower speed at which the gelato is churned. You eat gelato, not air!
- Gelato is denser and has a stronger flavor experience without using artificial flavoring or high fat content.
To ensure that our end products are of maximum quality, we only use excellent raw materials for our production. We work solely with ingredients free of preservatives, artificial coloring and artificial flavors. We take great care when choosing our ingredients, working close with local farmers and suppliers.
If ingredients are not readily available on the islands, we source the very best from all around the world. Here are some examples from our imported ingredients:
- Real Tahitian vanilla beans
- Pistachios from Sicily, Italy
- Dark chocolate and cocoa from France and Belgium
- Hazelnuts from Piedmont, Italy
- Walnuts from Sorrento, Italy
- Pine Nuts from Pisa, Italy
Subject to Change
Our award winning artisan gelato is made with great passion and Aloha! Our gelato is "all natural" and made fresh daily by using the finest ingredients grown locally or from the best sources around the world. We have created authentic recipes that are perfectly balanced and support a healthy lifestyle.
True to our mission, we also bake our pastries, toppings and sauces ourselves from scratch.
Come and visit our Kahala location and try our new menu items. We are now also offering a variety of Spaghetti Gelato.
Italian Sundaes served with "home made" sauces & fresh whipped cream. Taste our favorites or create your own unique coppa
vanilla gelato, strawberry/mixed berry sauce & white chocolate crumbles
vanilla gelato, chocolate sauce, bananas & chocolate shavings
chocolate gelato, chocolate sauce & macadamia nuts
Kona coffee gelato, chocolate sauce, Kona cold drip coffee & chocolate shavings
Create Your Own Coppa
pick your gelato & toppings
Keiki special "Gummi Bear Spaghetti"
vanilla gelato, chocolate sauce & gummi bears
Dolce Vita (or "la dolce vita") is an Italian phrase meaning "the sweet life."
Belgian Waffle Plate
with berries sauce & whipped cream
Crispy Bacon Waffle
with Maple syrup and butter
- with two eggs
Açai berries, organic granola, fresh berries, bananas & honey
Pitaya, organic granola, fresh berries, bananas & honey
Giant Cookie with Gelato
homemade giant cookie, gelato, whipped cream, chocolate sauce
Brownie with gelato
homemade brownie, gelato, whipped cream, chocolate & caramel sauce
Lemon & Sugar
Cinnamon & Butter
Nutella & Banana
Mixed Berry & Peanut Butter
Caramel & Chocolate
GELATO & SORBETTO DRINKS
gelato with double shot espresso
Affogato - Supremo
with chocolate gelato blended with espresso
20oz smoothie available in the following flavors: pitaya, açai, strawberry-banana, mango
Milkshakes - Made with Fresh Gelato*
COFFEE & TEA
extras: extra shots, flavor syrups
Kona Cold Drip
Iced Chai Latte*
Extras: Extra shots, flavor syrups
HOMEMADE PASTRIES, COOKIES & SCONES
- Italian Soda
Italian Soda Float
pesto, tomatoes, goat cheese, arugula
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