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Il Gelato Hawaii coming to Kahala Mall

August 07, 2013 | Mall Updates


Honolulu, Hawai‘i, July 26, 2013 – “IL Gelato Hawai‘i is now proud to bring artisan gelato and Italian specialties to Hawai‘i for everyone to enjoy.” Dirk Koeppenkastrop, local Master Gelato Maker, is opening his first retail location on the heels of the overwhelmingly popular response to his wholesale gelato business at Iwilei.

“In addition to selling wholesale to hotels and restaurants my dream has always been to open a gelateria in Hawaii and we have been searching for the right location. Then finally the Kahala Mall opened up!” Koeppenkastrop plans to offer more than just scoops at the Kahala location. “Kahala will be a full-on Italian style gelato bar which also serves “coppas” (variations of Italian sundaes), Italian food, and drink specialties. We will offer Italian sodas, affogato (gelato drowned in a double shot of espresso), gelato and sorbetto shakes, gelato floats, and a few more surprise items which will remain secret until our opening!”

The signed lease space is central to the main Waialae entrance to the mall, sitting adjacent to the center stage area and accessible from all directions. The opening is planned for the late summer.

Last year, IL Gelato Hawai‘i received the Governor’s Green Business Award. This year, IL Gelato Hawaii has received the “Best of Honolulu Award” in the Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt category and Koeppenkastrop was selected to be the gelato maker for the “Gelato Team USA” representing the USA in the upcoming Gelato World Championships.

About IL Gelato Hawai‘i -

IL Gelato Hawai‘i is an authentic Italian style gelateria on O‘ahu that makes delicious premium gelato (ice cream) and non-fat sorbetto (sorbet) fresh daily. IL Gelato Hawai‘i focuses on all-natural Hawaiian, Asian, and Italian flavors and offers wholesale and catering services to hotels, restaurants, gelato bars, and smoothie/coffee shops. Quarts and scoops are available directly from the factory outlet at Iwilei. A full-menu gelateria will open soon in the main stage area of Kahala Mall.

For more information:

Dirk Koeppenkastrop, Ph.D.
IL Gelato Hawaii
501 Sumner Street, Suite 501
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Phone: 808-542-9276
FAX: 808-536-6961