Mauna Kea Cacao Pods on Tree

Award-Winning Hawaiian Cacao


Mauna Kea Cacao, LLC

Learn about our Hawaiian cacao grown on the Hamakua Coast,

the most beautiful place on earth.

Our Goal

Our goal is simple . . . to produce world-class cacao for dark chocolate crafters and aficionados.


We (John and Susan) purchased 20 acres on Hawaii's Hamakua Coast in 2011 and began planting cacao seedlings twice each year during vacations from our engineering and environmental jobs. In 2015, we moved from Denver, Colorado to Pepeekeo, Hawaii. Since then, we have been planting trees, harvesting pods, and fermenting and drying beans. 2017 was a great year for us as our cacao, and chocolate made from our cacao, began to win awards.

Mauna Kea Cacao Owners