Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Makers
The following craft chocolate makers source cacao beans from Mauna Kea Cacao to make single-estate Hawaii chocolate. Chocolate from these bean-to-bar makers can be purchased on Mauna Kea Cacao tours, at their retail stores, online and at additional fine chocolate retail outlets in Hawaii and on the mainland.
Puna Chocolate in Hilo and Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and Wauconda, Illinois, www.punachocolate.com.
Maverick Chocolate in Cincinnati, Ohio, www.maverickchocolate.com.
LetterPress Chocolate in Los Angeles, California, www.letterpresschocolate.com.
The pastry chef at Providence Restaurant in Los Angeles makes single-estate chocolate from our cacao. The resulting Hawaii chocolate is the featured dessert on the dinner menu. Visit www.providencela.com for more information.
Be the first brewery to create Hawaiian-style chocolate beer from our award-winning cacao nibs.
Hawaiian Cacao and Chocolate Festivals & Conferences
The Hilo Cacao and Chocolate Expo is tentatively planned for December 4-5, 2021 at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Visit www.easthawaiicacao.org for more information as the event draws near.
Big Island Chocolate Festival, Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel, Hawaii Island Kohala Coast, October 15-16, 2021, www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com
Annual Conference of the Hawaii Chocolate and Cacao Association, Hawaii Island, 2021 date to be determined, www.hawaiichocolate.org
Chocolate-Making Equipment and Know-How
Chocolate Alchemy (www.chocolatealchemy.com) has been our go-to resource for making small-batch chocolate. Although we do not make chocolate for sale, we do so for quality control tasting to improve our ferments (and for the sheer joy of eating our own chocolate). This site provides step-by-step instructions on how to make small-batch chocolate and also provides equipment reviews and sales.
Organizations Supporting Hawaiian Cacao
East Hawaii Cacao Association, www.easthawaiicacao.org
Kona Cacao Association, www.konacacaoassociation.com
Hawaii Chocolate and Cacao Association, www.hawaiichocolate.org
University of Hawaii at Manoa, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. This link (www.hawaii.edu/news/2017/11/08/university-of-hawaii-cacao-among-worlds-best/#comment-703383) provides Hawaiian cacao information.