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Papalani Gelato

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner


Parking Available, Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards


Eating papalani gelato is like sending your taste buds on a vacation we’ve mixed old-world italian craftsmanship w/ the unique flavors of hawaii to create one-of-a-kind frozen delights. Tropical ingredients like mango, coconut, macadamia nuts, papaya, & lychee meet traditional favorites like pistachio & fine belgian chocolate in an explosion of smooth, dense, rich flavors.
Handmade in small batches each day from fresh, hawaii-inspired ingredients, our gelato has been a hit w/ customers since we opened our first papalani gelato shop in 2008.
Seasonally, we create flavors that take you on a culinary thrill ride. Try a free sample of one of our out-of-the-box flavors & get ready for the, ah & wow that follow
Roll over the icons below to see which flavors are sugar-free, gluten-free or nut-free. And, if you’re looking for a guilt-free pleasure, browse our sorbetto selection.
Papalani Pie
Espresso, coconut, espresso crunch, chocolate cookie sauce & more
Coconut Macnut Fudge
Rich fudge sauce & our sweet & refreshing coconut.
Chocolate Banana
Fresh bananas blended w/ decadent chocolate.
Fresh banana for a sweet taste of Hawaii.
Banana Split
Like a sundae in a cone. fresh bananas, Macnuts, strawberries, & fudge.
Belgian Chocolate
Rich & decadent chocolate best chocolate gelato anywhere
Chocolate Gelato
Rich dark chocolate
Hazelnut Gelato
Italian classic‏ made from pure hazelnuts
Pistachio Gelato
Classic & made from pure pistachio
Macadamia Nut Butter
Our own macadamia nut butter a hawaiian loved flavor
Made only w/ real fruit & wholesome natural ingredients & never w/ sugary flavored syrups papalani sorbetto is a dairy, gluten, & fat-free frozen treat that will light up your palate w/ pure, rich, delicious flavor. Smooth, silky & soft, our sorbetto contains very little air which gives it a dense, creamy, ice free consistency. And the taste pow
Roll over the icons below to see which flavors are sugar-free, gluten-free or nut-free.
Blood Orange
Tart fresh orange flavor tropical & italian.
Fresh sweet tropical bananas.
Dark chocolate‏ rich chocolate flavor.
Chocolate Banana
Fresh bananas w/ dark chocolate a hawaiian favorite.
Crazy good hawaiian favorite pink guava, passion fruit, & blood orange.
Hawaiian flavor loved by many.
Tart & refreshing made from fresh lemons.
Hawaiian passion fruit intense & refreshing.
At papalani gelato shops we hand-make all of our delicious frozen yogurts in small batches every day using fresh, locally sourced ingredients w/ a tropical twist. This is no run-of-the-mill soft-serve yogurt w/ the first bite you’ll notice the influence of our authentic italian gelato technique—our yogurt is rich, creamy, & dense, w/ a silky texture. And, the intense flavor will leave your taste buds wondering what just happened.
Roll over the icons below to see which flavors are gluten-free or nut-free.
Wild Berry
Tart refreshing & full of berries.
Tart greek style yogurt.
Hawaiian favorite flavor.
Mango Lilikoi
Sweet & tart two classic & much loved hawaiian fruits
Beyond the delicious gelato & sorbetto you’ll find in our display cases, papalani gelato has some amazing take away treats italian-style ice cream sandwiches; gelato-cookie sandwiches; gelato, sorbetto & yogurt bars; and, cold & refreshing frozen chocolate bananas. While the flavors & combinations available change daily, they’re always made w/ the same rich, silky gelato & sorbetto that have made papalani famous
Gelato Cookie Sandwiches
Made two ways. We use locally made chocolate chip cookies & many of our flavors to create all kinds of choices for you. Our sandwiches are so much better than regular ice cream sandwiches & we have so many options. At times, we have gluten-free sandwiches available, so ask when you are in the shop or call ahead & we might be able to make some up for you
Hawaiian Sweet Bread Gelato Sandwiches
In southern italy, gelato & sorbetto is eaten w/ freshly made brioche but here we have sweet bread. Our twist on a traditional way to enjoy italian ice cream. Pick one or two of your favorite flavors from our display cases.
Gelato, Sorbetto, & Yogurt Bars
Ours are made fresh in our gelato shop. Unlike most ice cream bars, we use a real chocolate sauce to coat our bars not an oil based coating w/ small amounts of chocolate & lots of artificial flavoring. Our flavors change all the time & we can even make bars to your specific flavor choices if you have a couple of days to wait.
Frozen Chocolate Bananas
We use locally grown apple bananas, cover them in chocolate & add toppings to create a real local treat. While not made w/ gelato, sorbetto, or frozen yogurt, the chocolate we use to dip these is the best chocolate used anywhere we know of.
There's Always Something New
We’re always trying out creative new ideas & combinations so you never know what you’ll find in our display freezer stop in today & see what new treats are waiting for you.
Gelato Breezes Milk Shakes
Pick one to two flavors of our gelato & we will make your own custom milk shake flavor. Topped w/ whipped cream & chocolate & or caramel sauce
Non Dairy Fruit Breezes
Pick one or two of our fruit sorbettos, we add a bit of orange juice & sparkling water. Refreshing, fat-free, & gluten-free
Yogurt Breezes
We take any of our yogurt flavors & add nonfat milk. A shake like drink w/ no fat & refreshing. Gluten-free
Our speciality drinks. Breezes range from fat free low calorie drinks made without dairy to richer speciality drinks made from locally sourced ingredients
Cheesecake Breeze
We always have available. We take our cheesecake gelato & add a slice or rich cheesecake & blend it together. Topped w/ whipped cream & chocolate sauce. One of our most popular drinks
Tropical Breeze
Made using tart frozen yogurt, fresh pineapple, mango, apple bananas, & lilikoi blended together w/ a bit of nonfat milk. This is our most popular yogurt drink. Healthy, nonfat, gluten-free, w/ lots of fruit
Kona Coffee Breeze
We brew our kona coffee using a cold brewing method. Cold brewing results in a very intense kona coffee flavor w/ no bitterness. Blended w/ our signature papalani™ pie gelato, & milk. Refreshing w/ a nice intense coffee finish.
Egg Nog Breeze
A seasonal special. Egg nog gelato blended w/ egg nog instead of milk. Intense & full of flavor. Only available in december
Pumpkin Pie Breeze
Our pumpkin pie gelato w/ a slice of locally made pumpkin pie. Full of spicy pumpkin flavor & a great alternative to a traditional favorite. Available each fall.
Lava Flow Breeze
Fresh hawaii‏ grown pineapple w/ coconut & a sweet strawberry sauce. A spring time option for those looking to enjoy a real taste of hawaii.
The papalani passion for taking something delicious in this case chocolate & putting a unique hawaiian twist on it can be found in our delectable selection of hand-made artisan confections. If you’re familiar w/ papalani gelato®, you know we don’t shy away from big, bold flavors, textures, & unusual pairings. Tropical ingredients like coffee, macadamia nut, mango, coconut, pineapple & banana add a snap of pure, bright flavor to chocolates’ rich earthy flavor, while ginger, lavender, peppers & exotic spices add some “wow” to the smooth creaminess.
Available as single confections & in pre-packaged gift boxes, papalani’s chocolates & truffles make wonderful gifts & party favors. In addition to the products pictured below, we offer lots of other hawaiian inspired treats like cashew ginger clusters, macadamia nut clusters, koa clusters & salt ponds truffles
Chocolate Espresso Truffle
100% kona coffee w/ dark chocolate dusted w/ gold
Blood Orange Truffle
Tangy blood‏ orange center dipped in milk chocolate & topped w/ candied orange peel.
Lilikoi Truffle
A true taste of hawaii. Lilikoi hawaiian passion fruit & dark chocolate molded into a heart of aloha.
Tahitian Lime Truffle
Tangy tahitian‏ lime in dark chocolate finished w/ a green swirl
Dark Chocolate Caramel Filled Seashell
Found only on one secret beach in hawaii.
Red Alaea Sea Salt Caramel
Dipped in dark chocolate
Milk or Dark Chocolate Honus
Solid dark or milk chocolate honus finished w/ red or green tones
Toasted Coconut Truffle
Rich sweet coconut center dipped in dark chocolate & topped w/ toasted coconut
It’s papalani’s style to take european style espresso drinks & kick them up a notch. Delicious freezes which are all natural frozen & blended mocha, caramel & vanilla bean drinks. Affagato’s made w/ our fresh espresso shots & a scoop of hand made gelato. Smoothies. Freshly baked goodies (gluten-free options always available). Hot & iced teas. The best hot chocolate anywhere. And, our “fit freezes” which contain no fat, but tons of rich coffee flavor (with less than 200 calories)
Papalani Pie Gelato
Gelato made w/ espresso, coconut, macnuts, & chocolate hazelnut cookie sauce topped w/ whipped cream & a rich fudge sauce all nestled in a dark cookie crumb crust
Chocolate Banana Pie
Layers of chocolate & banana gelato w/ a dark cookie crumb crust
Chocolate Coconut Pie
Layers of chocolate & coconut gelato w/ a dark cookie crumb crust
Stracciatella Cake
Layers of chocolate & stracciatella gelato set on a brownie base
Kauaian Crunch Cake
Layer of chocolate & our kauaian crunch gelato set on a brownie base
Kalaheo Cookie Cake
Layer of chocolate & our special cookies gelato set on a brownie base
Papalani gelato is proud to carry a select line of delectable hawaiian gift items you’re sure to love. Each has a special connection to the islands where they are made: high quality ingredients sourced locally, a dedication to growing or making products in an environmentally friendly way, & supportive of our local spirit & economy.
Hawaii is the only state producing chocolate. the production level of chocolate in Hawaii is still small compared to most places producing chocolate today. the unique soil composition, weather, & growing methods produce a unique flavor profile unlike other chocolate in the world. also, the amount produced means hawaiian chocolate is one of the rarest chocolates available & much harder to find. the hawaiian chocolates we feature are artisanal & produced by small family businesses.
Madre Chocolates
Hand made from hawaiian grown chocolate & other ingredients.
Malie Kai Chocolates
Grown on the island of oahu. The milk & dark chocolate bars we feature include cacao nibs which adds to the chocolate intensity of each bar. The coffee flavored gift set combines oahu grown chocolate & kona grown coffee. Two of our favorite flavors & truly a taste of hawaii. Rare & distinctive chocolate
Original Hawaiian Chocolate Criollo Plumeria
a unique chocolate. Criollo is one of the rarest type of cacao beans in the world only used in 10% of the chocolate made in the world. unique flavor profile & a rare chocolate treat. for chocolate lovers who desire a unique chocolate experience.
Garden Island Chocolates
Made on Kauai. hand made from 100% organically grown kauai chocolate. the only chocolate product available today made from kauai grown chocolate
Original Hawaiian Chocolate Company Products
Grown on the big island of Hawaii. the first company in Hawaii to grow & process their own chocolate. a single origin chocolate w/ a very earthly flavor profile. hand made. sun dried. made w/ aloha
We are proud of our made in Hawaii products & gift collection. we find & feature the best made products from throughout the hawaiian islands. some of these are made from hawaiian recipes in small batches. these products help create a unique hawaiian shopping experience for those visiting the island of kauai. papalani gelato® is a kauai made store as well.
Big Island Bees Honey
Produced on the big island of Hawaii. our gift packs include three varietals of hawaiian honey, each unique in color, texture, & taste. these differences are attributable to the diversity of blossoms blooming at distinct parts of the island at different times of the year. the honeys are single floral & because they are single floral you’ll be startled by the purity of the tastes. another unique taste of hawaii organic, family farmed
Tahitian Goddess
Made on kauai. hand made from locally grown fruits, vegetables, & spices. hand made in small batches using time honored cooking customs from tahiti & Hawaii.
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Reviewed March 14, 2020 via mobile

Looking for some delicious gelato? Are you in the Poipu area? Stop by Papalani Gelato. Lots of flavors to choose from. So good!

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 23, 2020

Nice evening stop or warm afternoon treat. Always has great flavor selections. Servings are generous.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 26, 2020

This place is awesome. If you have a sweet tooth, this place can cure it. There are some fantastic flavors. Delicious.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 23, 2020

Had dinner at Plantation Gardens and really weren't interested in the desserts on the menu. My wife wanted gelato, and Papalani was directly across the street. Perfect! I got a scoop of Dark Chocolate Coconut gelato which was great. My wife got a scoop of...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 2, 2020

Good service especially since they were open in the evening on Christmas Day for us tourists (and they had a good amount of customers). I had the Chocolate Coconut and was very satisfied. They have edible spoons for 50 cents to prevent the one time...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 9, 2019

The perfect place to go for a special treat or a tempting taste experience. So many flavors of delicious gelato to try...it is almost a challenge to choose one! All traditions flavors are there (think chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, mint chip) but then flavors I had...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed October 17, 2019

We first visited Papalani Gelato four years ago and liked it so much it was definitely worth a return trip at the end of September. We got a couple cones with gelato that was so good!

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 5, 2019

The best place for any type of Ice Cream / Gelato. Salt Ponds and Hawaiian Cheesecake will make you come back for more.

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 20, 2019

Just make sure you get/pay for kiddie cups if that is what you ask for. I asked for 1 scoop for each of my kids in a cup and they we were given small adult cups. I didn't realize it until afterwards and the attendant...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 20, 2019

My husband and I had gelato here twice in one week! We shared a large bowl (3scoops) which was the perfect size for us. Employees were nice, place was clean, and gelato was creamy and delicious!

Date of visit: July 2019
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