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Papalani Gelato

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Travelers' Choice2022
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Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
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Parking Available, Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
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Updated 10/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 10/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The waffle cones were delicious and the whole mall smelled amazing with them making them fresh. This was the best ice cream I've ever had.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 days ago

As someone who was born and raised in Italy, and knows how it is made there, I can tell you that this gelati is superior, fresher, and truly artisinal! We own on Kauai and come back to Papalani every visit. They are worth the wait...no matter how long the line. Very flavorful, smooth and two of our favorites include the Pistacchio Ricotta and the Macadamia Nut. The serving size is very generous, definitely more American sized than European. Best homemade waffle cones! We can't wait for our return!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

AMAZING! This gelato was to die for! It was so creamy and flavorful. We went to another popular place our first day and it did not compare. Papalani's gelato is other worldly! We came back 8 more nights of our trip. The owner had my...entire party laughing and entertained on our last night. This was a highlight of our stay and is not to be missed!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was by far the best ice cream anyone in my family has ever had. We went back every single night during our 2 week trip. ALL the flavors were amazing. DO NOT miss this place.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed June 30, 2022

Found this place on one of our last days. Wish we had found it earlier. Great gelato and generous (a lot of gelato places skimp) portions. Very friendly staff.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 7, 2022

Got a double scoop today, passion fruit was phenomenal and pistachio good. When I go again I’ll do both sorbets, they do such a good job.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 9, 2022 via mobile

I have eaten gelato in Italy and I have to say this gelato is just as delicious. The shop is very clean and the staff are pleasant and friendly. I highly recommend Papalani Gelato. I will definitely be back!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 10, 2022

Large selection of great flavors. Cookie dough is fantastic!! The staff was wonderful and very helpful. Definitely recommend!!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 2, 2022 via mobile

I have eaten more than my weight in Gelato across Italy and Europe and can honestly say this is the best I have ever tasted since being there! When I walked in the shop, it smelled heavenly (they were making fresh waffle cones!). So many...flavors to pick from and it was very hard to chose from the visual eye candy, so I settled on three, in the waffle cone of course: the Mac Nut Butter, the Hawaiian Cheesecake, and the Pistachio Ricotta. I don't think my vocabulary is large enough to describe the levels of flavor explosion the was sent from my mouth to my brain! I received much Aloha from the worker during my visit. Needless to say not only was it worth the wait, but I will undoubtedly be back tomorrow!!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 1, 2022

Great flavors, we opted for the cones with two overly generous scoops. Chocolate fudge, need I say more?

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 1, 2022

Don’t worry if there’s a line outside-it’s because they only let one family in at a time. Unlike Lapperts, which closed at 7:30 ( even though sign says 9), we sought out a nearby gelato place. Kevin (the owner I think) was friendly and patient...with us. So many great flavors to choose from!! Coffee, Dk chocolate and Hawaiian cheesecake flavor were all delish!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed November 9, 2021 via mobile

Was in the mall and decided to stop. We were not disappointed. Very good gelato. I had the Belgian dark chocolate. It was yummy!

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 3, 2021

When visiting poipu we usually frequent Laperts ice cream. Their freezer went out so their selection was quite limited. We decided to venture out to try a new place (at least for us). Someone suggested papolani gelato. Boy am I glad they did! We came...back every day for four days straight! Their flavors are unique and delicious! We were able to speak with the owner who told us a bit about what goes into making each flavor. Needless to say we were impressed. This is definitely a small business you want to support.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 28, 2021 via mobile

After a hot hike we had the Non-dairy Gelato is was amazing and refreshing. We visited this place 9 years ago, several times, it is still one of the best Gelato places we have ever visited.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 13, 2021

Lots of flavors....excellent! They only allow 1 family in at a time for covid precautions. We loved it so much that we went twice!

Date of visit: August 2021
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Yes, Papalani Gelato offers takeout services.

Yes, Papalani Gelato is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Papalani Gelato is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4