Mauna Kea Cacao can help you achieve accolades, whether you sell bean-to-bar chocolate or make chocolate for yourself, retaurants, friends or family.

Milestones from our cacao improvement journey are described below.

Providence Restaurant

In early 2021, Providence Restaurant found and decided to source our cacao for their house-made chocolate. Accolades for Providence Restaurant include "Top 50 Restaurants in the United States" by Gourmet magazine; "Best Seafood Resaurant" by Los Angeles magazine; the #1 ranking in "Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurant's" in the Los Angeles Times; a James Beard Award; and two highly coveted Michelin stars.

Our 2022 goal is to dine at Providence Restaurant, perhaps for our 40th wedding anniversary. Life is sweet.

2021, 2019 International Cocoa of Excellence Programme

Our single-estate cacao was in Paris, France for the December 2021 International Cocoa of Excellence Programme. Cacao samples from the best farms are selected by national organizations in each cacao growing country and forwarded to this international competition. Thank you to the Hawaii Cacao Foundation for selecting Mauna Kea Cacao as one of five best origins in Hawaii.

The International Cocoa of Excellence Programme occurs every two years. Our cacao was also selected to represent Hawaii in 2019. We thank Cocoa of Excellence Programme members for the time they dedicated to analyzing 221 samples from 55 countries. We learned so much about our cacao from the detailed results that we received. Hawaii Seal of Quality

Mauna Kea Cacao received the Hawaii Seal of Quality after inspection by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. Recognition under this program "represents the cream of the crop of Hawaii's agricultural producers." We are pleased to have earned this award because it shows that our cacao is a genuine Hawaii-grown farm product.

2018 Good Food Award Winner

Maverick Chocolate's Good Food Awards Winning Bar with Mauna Kea Cacao

Maverick Chocolate's ( “Big Island” 70% cacao bar won a 2018 Good Food Award for chocolate ( Maverick Chocolate won Good Food Awards in previous years, but this is the first time that it won a Good Food Award for a single-estate bar and the first time it sourced Hawaii cacao.

2018 Hilo Cacao and Chocolate Festival

In our first-ever public chocolate offering, Mauna Kea Cacao's "chilled chocolate" was voted second-place winner at the 2018 Hilo Cacao and Chocolate Festival. This untempered chocolate is our "farm-style" chocolate because it is kept in the refrigerator and does not need to be tempered. Untempered chocolate has a creamier texture and melts more quickly than tempered chocolate.

Congratulations to Puna Chocolate for their first-place finish.

C-Spot Review (December 29, 2017)

A chocolate review on the C-Spot website gave 4-1/2 stars (out of 5 possible) to five Hawaiian chocolate bars crafted by Puna Chocolate ( The “Mauna Kea” bar, a 70% cacao bar made from our cacao, was described in the review as having “impressive reach and stamina” ( Additional descriptions of aroma, flavor, and quality are also provided.

2018 Big Island Chocolate Festival

Mauna Kea Cacao won the "Best Cacao" award at the 2018 Big Island Chocolate Festival.

2017 Big Island Chocolate Festival

Mauna Kea Cacao’s unroasted cacao beans took second place in the “mix” (non-Criollo) category at the 2017 Big Island Chocolate Festival.