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.

Tour Our Farm

Come see our award-winning farm and taste our chocolate! We love to share our beautiful farm with visitors. And you'll get to taste chocolate and buy farm-fresh cacao nibs, chocolate, and other Hawaiian-grown and Hawaiian-made products. Tours in English are offered at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm every Thursday while Japanese tours are available on Wednesdays at 10:00 am. To learn more and make reservations, see English tours and Japanese tours.

Our Goal

Our goal is simple . . . to produce world-class cacao for dark chocolate crafters and aficionados. In 2019, our cacao was selected to compete for the International Cocoa of Excellence award in Paris, France.


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. In 2018 our hard work paid off and we earned the "Best Cacao" award at the Big Island Chocolate Festival. Chocolate made from our cacao is also winning awards.

Mauna Kea Cacao Owners