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Hawaii Cacao

Information on cacao and chocolate in Hawaii and about the Hawaii State-wide -Cacao Variety Trial in 2010. Co-moderated by ChocolateLife member Skip Bittenbender of the University of Hawaii. Group badge photo by ChocolateLife member Koa Kahili.

Location: Hawaii
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Latest Activity: Nov 26

The 2010 Hawaii State-wide Cacao Variety Trial

Cooperators from several islands will be involved. In addition there are over 30 cacao growers in the state and more waiting to plant.

This group serves as a central point for information and discussion on a variety of topics from propagation to fermentation to tempering in the tropics.

The goal is to create a forum that will maximize quality English language content benefitting our Hawaii growers and chocolatiers and other Chocolate Life members as well.

Discussion Forum

Manawai Estate Chocolate Maui

Started by Melanie Boudar Oct 16. 0 Replies

Our cacao and tropical fruit farm is now open twice a week for a 2 1/2 hr "Food of the Gods " tour. (Sundays and Thursdays by reservation) Its an interactive tour where you will  learn about growing…Continue

Tags: tropical, agriculture, Maui, tour, chocolate

Hawaii Cacao & Chocolate Bootcamp, Tree to Seed/Bean to Bar, October 20-24, O'ahu, Hawai'i

Started by Nat. Last reply by Nat Feb 1. 1 Reply

We're excited to announce our first annual Cacao & Chocolate Bootcamp on beautiful O'ahu, Hawai'i. Join us for 5-days in paradise on a journey for chocolate. Practice farm skills in cacao…Continue

Hawaii Chocolate & Cacao Association

Started by Melanie Boudar. Last reply by Anne C. Baird Apr 19, 2012. 1 Reply

Inviting you all to explore and/or join the new non-profit Hawaii Chocolate & Cacao Assnwww.hawaiichocolate.orgWe gave our first workshop at the…Continue

Tags: cacao, hawaii, chocolate, Hawaii

% of Quality

Started by Mike Pastore. Last reply by Mike Pastore Dec 22, 2011. 4 Replies

Aloha! I've read that less than 10% of world cacao production is of a high enough quality to be used for "confectionary" chocolate. I'm curious. Does anyone know what percentage of Hawaiian cacao…Continue

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Comment by Eric G on October 21, 2014 at 12:00pm

Can anybody help me find academic sources, peer reviewed articles etc. about the cacao industry in Hawaii?  Working on a paper for a university course.  Thanks,


Comment by Nat on April 19, 2012 at 6:57am

We just introduced monthly cacao farm tours and a chance to see behind the scenes in our chocolate shop on Oahu. We'll also do these tours on other dates by special arrangement if you want to see cacao on Oahu.

Aside from that, Melanie mentioned 'em all!

Comment by Melanie Boudar on October 11, 2011 at 2:02pm
The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory on the Big Island and Tom Sharkey's also on the Big Island but on the opposite coast are the only places open to the public on the Big Island. In Kauai you can visit Garden Island Chocolate and Steelgrass Farms. To my knowledge they are the only places with a public tour. There are currently no tours on Oahu or Maui although Ono Farms in Maui in Hana has an exotic fruit tour and cacao is included but they do not process it.
Comment by Matt Carter on October 11, 2011 at 1:32pm

Is there a way to tour one or more cacao farms if I were to come by myself or with a small group?

I think there are some of my customers who would enjoy a trip with a chocolate connection.  I would like to explore that possibility with a solo trip over the winter, if I can put enough $$ away over Xmas.

Comment by deedee devi on August 24, 2011 at 5:32pm
aloha SKIP and MADEL!  regarding your email (posted after my request), can you please make this information available to all for all to have access to this for assisting ONE another?  mahalo!



A message from H.C. 'Skip' Bittenbender to all members of Hawaii Cacao on The Chocolate Life!


Aloha! I'm Madel, conducting research on cacao at UH. I'm making a list of cacao growers, processors, propagators and chocolatiers in Hawaii. Would you care to send me your name, state if you are a grower, processor, propagator, chocolatier, etc. your farm location/site, home address, emaill address, the no. of cacao grown or if processor/chocolatier, what do you do w/ your cacao? Pls add other infos if necessary. Mahalo and God bless you all!



Comment by Sebastian on July 9, 2011 at 12:05pm
Wanted to take a moment to publicly thank Melanie at Sweet Paradise chocolate for the invite to my family to stop by her kitchen in Maui, and the tastings she offered us while we were there.  Her Wealea shop is beautifully done, and her chocolates were excellent as well - if you get the chance to taste them - do so!
Comment by Romi Burks on June 20, 2011 at 2:22pm
Hi all.  Looking forward to getting threads.  I am a professor of biology at a small liberal arts college and teach an interdisciplinary course on chocolate.  I'm always looking for new developments in the world of chocolate.  As a side note, my "real job" is researching a large snail (called an apple snail) and they are a real problem as an exotic species in Hawaii.  I have colleagues at the University of Hawaii that specialize in biodiversity issues.  Thus, anything "ecological" and "Hawaii" also catches my attention.
Comment by Chad Settlemier on May 27, 2011 at 3:39pm
Seeking a good source of organic non contaminated cacao pods in Puna.. Got referals? Mahalo!
Comment by Nat on May 26, 2011 at 12:25pm
Contact Skip Bittenbender or Dan Odoherty, both on the The Chocolate Life for grafted cacao in Hawaii.
Comment by steve lund on May 26, 2011 at 11:57am

I am clearing 2-3 acres for cacao planting here in Puna, does anyone know where to get GRAFTED varieties?






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