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IL Gelato Café - Kahala Mall - Kaimuki, Honolulu Hawaii Location / Contact:
IL Gelato Hawaii 1 - Kahala Mall - Center Court
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.

Our Passion

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!

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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
  • Pineapple-Mint
  • Lilikoi
  • Lychee
  • Hawaiian Sorbetto
  • Mango
  • Hawaiian Sunrise
  • Blackberry Cabernet
  • Strawberry Lemonade
  • Lemongrass-Lime
  • Lemon-Basil
  • Raspberry-Rosemary
  • Frutti di Bosco (Mixed Berries)
  • Mango Lilikoi
  • Coconut-Soy
  • …and many more. Ask for our specialties.


  • Tahitian Vanilla
  • Kona Coffee
  • Macadamia Nut
  • Chocolate Ginger
  • Coconut
  • Pineapple-Coconut
  • Hawaiian Apple Banana
  • Old Fashioned Chocolate
  • White or Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nut
  • Fior di Latte
  • Cappucino Caramel
  • Caramel Variegate
  • Sea Salted Caramel
  • Tiramisu
  • Stracciatella
  • Biscotini
  • Italian Gianduia
  • Italian Hazelnut (from Piedmond, Italy)
  • Italian Walnut (from Sorrento, Italy)

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True Artisanship

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.

Our Ingredients:

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

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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

  • Classico

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 Bowl

Açai berries, organic granola, fresh berries, bananas & honey


extra large

Pitaya Bowl

Pitaya, organic granola, fresh berries, bananas & honey


Extra Large

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 with double shot espresso

Affogato - Supremo

Mocha Frappe*

with chocolate gelato blended with espresso




20oz smoothie available in the following flavors: pitaya, açai, strawberry-banana, mango



Milkshakes - Made with Fresh Gelato*



Rootbeer Float




extras: extra shots, flavor syrups


Single/or 12oz

Double/or 16oz


Single/or 12oz

Double/or 16oz


Single/or 12oz

Double/or 16oz


Single/or 12oz

Double/or 16oz





Single/or 12oz

Double/or 16oz

Hot Tea

Single/or 12oz

Double/or 16oz

Chai Latte*

Single/or 16oz

Double/or 20oz

Iced Coffee

Kona Cold Drip



Iced Latte*

Single/or 16oz

Double/or 20oz

Iced Tea

Single/or 16oz

Double/or 20oz

Iced Chai Latte*



Extras: Extra shots, flavor syrups



San Pellegrino


Acqua Panna





  • Italian Soda



Italian Soda Float





pesto, tomatoes, goat cheese, arugula


Half Order


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