Ge­la­te­ria Chill­ing Out In Ka­hala

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU ISLANDER / NOVEMBER 6, 2013 / PAGE 3 -

A ge­lato whole­saler has opened its first re­tail lo­ca­tion in Ka­hala Mall, bring­ing award-win­ning frozen yo­gurt and ice cream to the East side.

Il Ge­lato Hawaii, lo­cated in center court at the for­mer Panini Grill, is coowned by Dirk Koep­penkas­trop, who fi­nally turned his vi­sion into a re­al­ity.

“My dream has al­ways been to open a ge­la­te­ria in Hawaii, and we have been search­ing for the right lo­ca­tion,” he said. “Then fi­nally the Ka­hala Mall opened up!”

Serv­ing not just ge­lato but also Ital­ian food, so­das, sor­betto shakes, “cop­pas” (vari­a­tions of Ital­ian sun- daes) and more, Koep­penkas­trop of­fers a ful­lon Ital­ian-style ge­lato bar near t h e mal l ’s mai n Wa­ialae en­trance.

Koep­penkas­trop’s com­pany also has earned a spot (among five ar­ti­san chefs) to com­pete for the USA at the 2014 World Ge­lato Cham­pi­onships, a bi­en­nial culi­nary com­pe­ti­tion in Ri­mini, Italy, in Jan­uary. “We ex­pect that we will mes­mer­ize the j u d g e s wi t h Hawa i i ’s unique fla­vors, dec­o­ra­tions and the spirit of aloha,” he stated. Fi­nal train­ing for the U.S. team is later this month.

Il Ge­lato Hawaii is open ev­ery day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., ex­cept Sun­days, when it closes at 6. The shop’s treats also will be avail­able from 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29 at Eat the Street Kakaako, 555 South St. For de­tails, visit il­ge­la­to­hawaii.com.

Dirk Koep­penkas­trop

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