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 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.
We combine passion and creativity to develop a unique spectrum of Hawaiian and traditional Italian flavors. Experience the difference!