Hawai’i’s Original

In 1932 at the Maui Soda & Ice Works plant in Wailuku, Maui, Manuel Nobriga began making ice cream from scratch for local ice cream parlors. Everyone loved the velvety smooth texture and the richness of his flavors and the business grew to eventually include 1/2-gallon cartons that folks could enjoy at home.Four decades later in 1970, Manuel’s son, David “Buddy” Nobriga, gave ice cream a fitting Maui name — Roselani.* Today, third generation ice cream maker Cathy Nobriga Kim continues the family tradition, adding innovative island flavors to old-time favorites. You can now find our wide variety of Roselani Tropics Ice Cream in markets statewide or ask for our ice cream by name at restaurants, resorts and scooping parlors throughout Hawai’i.

*The name Roselani is always of interest, especially to folks outside of Maui. It is the “Americanization” of the Hawaiian word Lokelani, which means “heavenly rose” and is Maui’s official flower. The red blossom is proudly displayed on Roselani Ice Cream cartons. “It honors my grandfather’s and my father’s identity. A rose is the queen of perfection,” says Cathy…just like the ice cream which bears its name.


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At our Christmas Party at the Maui Ocean Center, we honored two long-time employees who are retiring. Virginia Dela Cruz has worked in our Roselani Ice Cream division for more than 41 years! And our Controller, Gary Wasana, has been with us for 25 years. We thank them sincerely for their many years as part of the Maui Soda & Ice Works ‘ohana and wish them the very best.


1 Michael, Virginia, Cathy



2 Michael, Gary, Uncle Buddy, Cathy 3


Maui County Council Resolution Day

September 5, 2014

We were privileged to be honored this morning by the Maui County Council. Mahalo to Council Member Mike Victorino for submitting the resolution that recognizes Maui Soda & Ice Works, Ltd. as the Small Business Administration’s Family-Owned Business of the Year for the State of Hawai’i. We were humbled by the very kind words from […]

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2014 SBA Small Business Awards Luncheon

May 8, 2014

We were honored to win the award for Family-Owned Business of the Year, State of Hawai’i.

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Hiki Nō

May 1, 2014

Please tune in to PBS Hawai’i tonight, Thursday, May 1st at 7:30 p.m. for the first all-Maui edition of this student produced newscast. Our Jaelynn Nobriga, an 8th grader at Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus has a story about…US! And in case you miss it, this program encores Saturday, May 3 at 12:30 pm and Sunday, May […]

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Small Business Administration Award for Family Business 2014

March 26, 2014

We honored, humbled, and so grateful to our ‘ohana of employees and customers. http://mauinow.com/2014/03/25/senate-honors-maui-soda-ice-works-for-small-business-award/

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Winter’s antidote – Portuguese Bean Soup

February 4, 2014

Not that we want to complain, but it has been pretty chilly here in Hawai’i for the past few weeks. And we know it’s been downright bitter for many of our Mainland friends and family. Here’s a story/recipe from our ice cream maker, Cathy Nobriga Kim, to warm your hearts. And if you’re an ambitious […]

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Welcome back to Maui, Brooke Scott!

January 15, 2014

We got the photo below and the following message from our fan, Brooke Scott: We have waited over 2 years for this moment! We went for Haupia:-) Thanks for making the world’s most awesome ice cream!!!! Brooke, we thank YOU for sharing your photo and kind words and we welcome you back to Maui with […]

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“Da Local Scoop” -Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine

November 5, 2013

Nov./Dec. issue: “Ice cream is to be licked, not chewed,” says Cathy Nobriga Kim.  Read More    

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Pu’ukoli’i Ice Cream Shoppe

September 26, 2013

We’re excited to have a new scooping parlor partner – The Pu’ukoli’i General Store and Ice Cream Shoppe at The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas. Yesterday was their soft opening after a little scooping training session. We’re looking forward to working with this excellent partner.

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National Chocolate Ice Cream Day 2013

June 8, 2013

Congratulations to our FACEBOOK friend Leslie Kuulei Kalama for posting FOUR AWESOME Chocolate Ice Cream Dessert photos on our FB page yesterday, June 7, National Chocolate Ice Cream Day 2013! The only thing that would have been better is if we’d all been able to taste them. A BIG mahalo to you Leslie! From top […]

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