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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 Shawn Steiman on May 24, 2010 at 11:21pm

You are absolutely correct. There's no reason Hawaii cacao shouldn't be able to model Hawaii coffee. However, with cacao, we ought to be able to avoid some of the pitfalls coffee runs into.

Comment by Dusty Thomas on May 24, 2010 at 11:12pm
Wow I was just trading emails with Gini and the whole problem with getting the Cacao industry started in Hawaii is having a market in which to sell it. It's great to here great things about her product and we really need the word to get out for the few farmers struggling to make this long term viable crop for Hawaii. I believe there's room for both tropical nations and the small botique farms in Hawaii to coexist without causing harm to one another. Hawaii will never be able to compete on the scale as the ivory coast and central/south American producers and now the south eastern Asian producers. But if Hawaii can distinct itself with quality and taste it just might be able to find a niche in the marketplace. Getting the word out is the first step.

Great news.
Comment by Denise Brennan on May 24, 2010 at 7:59pm
This week I turned out a batch of stunningly fabulous single-origin chocolate from beans from Gini Choobua's farm near Kailua-Kona. Customers in my store are swooning over it!
Comment by Sacred Steve on April 14, 2010 at 5:00am
Sounds good!
Comment by Dusty Thomas on April 13, 2010 at 12:23pm
Hey Sacred Steve- this is exactly the area I will be focusing on, I have no fruit to sell at this point but we should stay in touch.
Comment by Sacred Steve on April 13, 2010 at 2:56am
Is there any certified organic Hawaiian cacao available for Chocolate Makers? If so, I would be interested in possibly purchasing some.
Comment by Melanie Boudar on February 9, 2010 at 11:04pm
Oahu just held its first annual Hawaii Cacao Festival held in conjunction with the Haleiwa Farmers Market. It was a huge success and featured a recipe contest, farm tours of Waialua Estate, chocolate fountains and tons of chocolate goodies. Skip had a booth to demonstrate chocolate making from the bean and lots of little cacao seedlings went home to island gardens.It is events like these that raise public awareness and fuel the desire for chocolate. visit www,haleiwafarmersmarket,com for an archive entry of the festival held Jan 31st 2010.
Comment by Clay Gordon on February 1, 2010 at 8:04pm
An article - Hoping for a sweet harvest - about Hawaiian cacao appeared recently in the Honolulu Advertiser.

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