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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 Dan Corson on February 20, 2011 at 3:06pm
Aloha All, My partner Berndt and I have a small cacao farm in Papaikou just north of Hilo. Right now we have 500 trees: 1/3 Forestero, 2/3 Trinitario. The Trinitario are just planted, and some of the Forester are coming into fruit for the first time. Eventually we will be making some estate chocolates, but for the near future we will just be producing beans. We are looking forward to being a part of this community.
Comment by Davy Asnong on November 22, 2010 at 7:43am
Hey everyone,
I joined 'thechocolatelife' just a few days ago. I started with a 2 years during course of making pralines. After looking for recipes on the internet I came across this site. Lots and lots of information on here... I have been to Hawaii a while ago and we loved it so much, that now I still think every day of our trip. If I ever have the chanse to move to one of the Isles I will go!! What I didn't know when we were there, is that Oahu also had cacao farms. Another reason to go back :o), same as the hundreds of other reasons I have to go back. Just like in the tv series Lost my mind keeps saying, "I have to go back to the Island"... I hope I could make some friends with same interests here on the website...
Comment by Kalena G on November 20, 2010 at 7:13am
I have been to Hawaii twice, and as much as I love chocolate, I didn't think about visiting Cacao farms. Being that I am a Polynesian dance instructor, whenever I visit Hawaii, my time has always been consumed with advance dance lessons and luaus. Now that I know, I will make a point to visit the Cacao farms of Hawaii.
Comment by Nat on October 24, 2010 at 6:42am
Sebastian, Dave and I are making chocolate in Honolulu as Madre Chocolate
If you stop in Oahu on your trip out here we'd love to talk to you and show you around all the cacao and chocolate in Hawaii.
I work in Skip Bittenbender's lab at University of Hawai'i Manoa from time to time so could introduce you to him and Dan who are doing the variety trial there.
Comment by Sebastian on October 1, 2010 at 5:15pm
I'm considering surprising my wife with a trip to Hawaii this spring as a present to celebrate an accomplishment of hers. If there's anyone needing technical help with their cocoa/chocolate endeavors, and end up being in the area where we are, drop me a mail here. I'm always game to lend a hand.
Comment by deedee devi on July 23, 2010 at 12:13am
from BEAN to BAR > KAUAI cacao ...!/album.php?aid=2080468&id=1244869327
Comment by deedee devi on July 7, 2010 at 5:15pm
melanie and fellow hawaiian cacao growers/chocolate makers in today's hawaii STAR ADVERTISER:
Comment by Melanie Boudar on June 24, 2010 at 2:08pm
My experience with the Hawaiian beans is that they are very fatty and there is no need to add extra cocoa butter. Original Hawaiian does not have a press. It is not a complex machine, like everything else it just cost some $$. has vanilla beans for a reasonable price. Maui produces sugar-both the C&H brand and the raw washed sugar. We get one in the store too thats finer than the raw but is tinted so its still cane sugar.
Comment by Dusty Thomas on June 24, 2010 at 11:54am
I know C&H sugar still produces Hawaii sugar- I cant say it's 100% Hawaiian, I know there's several vanilla small time vanilla producers, along the with famous one in Hamakua-but Cocoa Butter - that was the tough one.
is it a big deal to press cacao to remove the butter or is it just a matter of pressure-as in- not a big complex machine-

Seems like they've been doing it for a couple hundred years- couldnt be that complex....right?
Comment by Denise Brennan on June 24, 2010 at 11:03am
I just checked the website for the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory. No mention that they're producing cocoa butter on site, and it's not listed in their products for sale. Would be interesting to know if they're pressing it there. I make chocolate from cacao that is 100% Hawaiian, but don't state that it's 100% Hawaiian chocolate, as I don't have cocoa butter, sugar or vanilla from Hawaii to put in it.

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