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Tropical Dreams Hawaian Gourmet Ice Cream

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4-831 Kuhio Hwy Suite #220, Kapaa, Kauai, HI
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great ice cream

We went there by chance. The ice cream was great. They had many different flavors. The owner is very flamboyant. He gave us a brief history of his ice cream and the ingredients they us. They keep the ice cream covered to avoid freezer burn. We had the blueberry cheesecake and the chocolate. Good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We went there by chance. The ice cream was great. They had many different flavors. The owner is very flamboyant. He gave us a brief history of his ice cream and the ingredients they us. They keep the ice cream covered to avoid freezer burn. We had the blueberry cheesecake and the chocolate. Good ice cream. The owner said he... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Note: We DID NOT try the scoop or gelato options, just the soft serve. Sadly, I did not notice a flavor difference between the vanilla and the banana pie flavors. Maybe it was just my palette. And the so called "sundae" was bland at best. Sorry, Dairy Queen and McDonald's soft serve got you beat at 1/2 the price. Really... More 

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Snohomish, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Went there twice during our stay and both times I (we) thought the ice cream was really good. The only down fall was the owner/operator. If you operate a joint in a tourist area, accept credit cards. Also, I heard him tell another customer today that he had once owned 75 different business' and 85% of the internet at one... More 

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Recently visited the island and having had Tropical Dreams ice cream before on a previous occasions in Kauai and the Big Island this was a big to do for my group. After arriving to find store unopened during normal business hours, we tried back later in evening. Owner gave us his history and product pitch and told us why his... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

Good ice cream, but I don't need any lectures on how you built your ice cream empire. I get it, you own the company and you scoop the ice cream too. Wow, not impressed. Lapperts ice cream is just as good and I didn't have to hear 15 minutes of self promotion. Save the sermon and skip the tropical dreams.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

First off, I want to say that in a fourteen day visit to the island, we probably visited this location 6 times. The products themselves were wonderful and only disappointed us once, when we received scoops of an older batch of the lemon gelato that they are known for which contained ice crystals. Having eaten this product other times with... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

On our recent trip, I took my girlfriend here twice because I remembered how good the ice cream was when I tried it a few years ago on the Big island. Imagine my surprise to find that the guy who created and owns Tropical Dreams actually scoops the ice cream at this store (at least he did the hour before... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We have been here multiple nights of our trip. Amazing ice cream and almost all ingredients are local grown. To die for sugar free ice cream and blueberry cheesecake.. must try while on kauai !

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Clearfield, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

Cute little place with amazing ice cream. You know the owner loves what he does when he has stores all over the US and he's working there on a Sunday evening.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We went to Hawaii in May of 2014. However, I have never forgotten this place and the owner is AMAZING! He made our several trips to his store so memorable! He is a very blessed man who would go out of his way for anyone. I loved it so much I'm going to have his ice cream served at my... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4-831 Kuhio Hwy Suite #220, Kapaa, Kauai, HI
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Kapaa

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Ice Cream

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