Kahi Ola Mau Farm

Kahi Ola Mau Farm, Honokaa: Hours, Address, Kahi Ola Mau Farm Reviews: 5/5

Kahi Ola Mau Farm
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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**CLOSED ON MONDAY, JULY 4TH.** Calling all chocolate lovers! Kahi Ola Mau Farm is the home of Honoka'a Chocolate Co. Stop by Mon-Sat from 10am-4pm to taste and shop or reserve a spot for a tour of our farm and a tasting of select chocolates from Hawaii as well as around the world that we make on-site (no store-bought chocolate here!), allowing you to experience how a particular region's climate, soil and terrain affect the flavors of the chocolate, "the terroir" as winemakers so famously say. The state of Hawai'i is the only place in the U.S. where cacao is commercially grown. We'll share the history and chocolate-making process from the tree to bean to bar. Besides the 500+ cacao trees you'll see on our 5-acre farm, we also grow a variety of tropical fruit. Please note, the combined 2-hour walking tour and tasting are by reservation only. The tour entails a short walk (approx 600 feet) on asphalt, grass, and a small hill up to our covered farm store.
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gam0987
Milwaukee, WI10 contributions
For $60 pp ($30 for kids) you get a very informational session on cacao, chocolate making, and a unique chocolate tasting focused on flavors, a la craft wine tasting. Mike, the owner, was generous with his time and stories on how the farm came to be and the emerging chocolate industry in Hawaii. It's not a walking intensive tour, which I personally didn't mind.

The chocolate tasting had the vibe of a wine tasting run by someone with a sommelier level appreciation for the product. We honestly learned so much about the chocolate making process and gained a new appreciation for "good" chocolate. The price might be a little high, considering you don't get to see much of the actual chocolate production, but I still felt like it was a great experience.

The different chocolates in the tasting were all unique and delicious, if a little small. But there were nine of them, so that was very nice. You get to try chocolate made from cacao from all over the world in addition to Hawaiian product, which Mike talks you through.

At the end of the experience, we purchased 2 bars at $12 a piece, which we thought was very reasonable. We bought their standard 70%, which was my favorite, and their famous goat milk chocolate bar. I don't even like goat cheese, but the tanginess of the goat milk with the Hawaiian cacao was beautifully balanced. We seriously considered their subscription service (another reason it felt like a craft winery) and might sign up in the future.
Written February 6, 2022
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Francine R
Hilo, HI1 contribution
I scheduled a tour of Kahi Ola Mau Farm where Honokaa Chocolates are made for my husband's birthday. We've enjoyed the super smoothness and great flavors of a couple of their chocolate bars. Mike welcomed us and another couple and explained the farm name, history of the place, his and his wife's getting into this business, and then we went into the field of cacao trees to see them close up. We saw cacao pods, pineapple plants, bananas, etc., all growing on this beautiful little farm in the beautiful forested Ahualoa homesteads. Then we sat down for a hospitable tasting of 9 chocolate varieties, learned about the cacao processing into chocolate, various origins, had chocolate tea, then saw the processing area and heard plans for future products. Very innovative and sustainable small business, with much respect for the land and culture of Hawaii. We love dark chocolate which is most of their line except for a new surprising goat milk chocolate that we also now love. Definitely a unique opportunity to see the emerging Hawaiian chocolate industry and taste the smoothest, single origin and purest chocolate available anywhere.
Written May 1, 2021
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Aloha Francine R - Thank you so much for taking time to share your experience with us! We are glad to hear that you and your husband were able to enjoy the tour of our working chocolate farm. It’s wonderful to know you truly felt our commitment to land and culture here in Hawaii. We hope you are able to come visit us again and look forward to welcoming you back. Sincerely, Mike and Rhonda Pollard Kahi Ola Mau Farm - Home of Honoka'a Chocolate Co.
Written May 25, 2021
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sueu20
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We enjoyed our farm tour and tasting at Kahi Ola Mau Farm. It was drizzly when we arrived, but Mike had umbrellas ready for us so we could still walk around the farm. Mike talked about his background and what motivated him to start his own cacoa farm. He is very passionate about his job and very motivated to make the best chocolate possible. Mike showed us his cacao trees and we even got to try the bean right from the pod. We enjoyed sampling 9 different chocolates created from both Hawaiian cacao beans as well as beans purchased from other countries. His chocolate tastes so much better than commercial chocolate and you don't need to eat as much to be satisfied. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning more about (and tasting) farm to bar chocolate!
Written August 16, 2021
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Aloha sueu20 - Thank you so much for taking time to review your recent experience with us! We are glad you were able to enjoy the tour (and of course the tasting!) regardless of the weather. It’s our pleasure to host you and share our story - We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Mike and Rhonda Pollard Kahi Ola Mau Farm - Home of Honoka’a Chocolate Co.
Written October 4, 2021
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Greeneyedteacher
Brookfield, WI156 contributions
We were ask to arrive 15 minutes early, but got there 30 minutes early. It began to rain shortly after we arrived. We were offered umbrellas, but not shelter. The other guests were 30 minutes late so we waited in the downpour for an hour.

The owner/tour guide was extremely well informed. We enjoyed seeing the cacao plants and learning about how they grow. We were also able to see turmeric tubers. After another 30 minutes in the rain we went to a sheltered area to sample chocolates made at the farm from cacao beans from around the world. For $40 dollars we expected more samples or more of a tour then we had.

If you go be prepared for the heavens to open their flood gates. My feet were very wet and cold.

As a retired teacher, I don't recommend this tour for young children. While the owner/tour guide said he pared down the tour when there were children, I doubt most of the tasting of the chocolate would interest them. You need to let the chocolate melt in your mouth and think about the flavors.

I'd like to recommend the owner/tour guide have more visual aides as part of this explanation of the chocolate making process. Photos or a video on an iPad would make understanding the process easier.

Lastly, there were 2 ounce chocolate bars for purchase and all were over $10. As for the tour itself I would pay $15-$20 for this tour and tasting.
Written January 29, 2020
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Aloha,  we're very sorry that you didn't enjoy our tour.  We appreciate your remarks, some of which are things that our young business is still working on improving, including the use of more visual aids above and beyond the pictures that we present during the tasting.   Unfortunately, as you mentioned, all visitors to Hawaii should be prepared for the "heavens to open the floodgates" - We can't control mother nature's weather, which can change in a matter of minutes here in Hawaii.  Your analogy is perfect to describe the 120+ inches of rainfall that we get here annually and one of the reasons that things grow so prolifically here!  It's definitely something all visitors should be aware of when they visit the wet side of any of Hawaii's islands.  We do our best to be prepared for unplanned weather and offer umbrellas to our customers, and we always ask if everyone is comfortable - if not, we head straight to our comfortable covered tasting room.    When we first started our chocolate tastings, we made the mistake of providing too many samples.  I recall that we started with 16 total!  By the time we got to number nine, no one could ever tell the difference in flavor since our palates can get saturated after time.  This is how we settled on the current number of nine chocolates for tasting. In general, craft chocolate is higher priced than the industrial chocolate that we are all used to from the supermarket.  You should expect to pay between $5 and $8 per ounce for good quality handmade chocolate and towards the high end of that range for Hawaiian chocolates since they are so rare.  Craft products by nature have more nutritional value, less ingredients (no emulsifiers), and are definitely more flavorful than their industrial counterparts.  As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Farmer and chocolate maker Mike always greets our guests and for those that show up early - even as much as 30 minutes - he gives them his time to chat until all guests arrive.  Our tour price of $40/person for a 2-hour tour is actually at the very low end of the price range for other similar tours on this island and in the state.  Here are actual some per person prices for chocolate tours on the Island of Hawaii:  $15/30 min., $40/1.5 hr, $65/1.5 hr., $95/2 hr., $110/1.5 hr., $180/2 hr.  Here's what sets our tour apart from our competitors: 1) We grow more than just cacao, so you get to see tropical plants/trees that you would otherwise not see, and we spend a significant amount of time explaining the details of these crops (white pineapple, turmeric, 40+ varieties of tropical fruits), 2) Our chocolate tasting is the only one that includes chocolates that we make from beans grown all over the planet in addition to our Hawaiian grown chocolates, 3) You'll get a tour of our kitchen, and we teach you the full process of making chocolate during the tasting - When you get home, you can start making your own!  Lastly, we are one of the few tours that you actually get to engage with the owner - Farmer and Chocolate Maker Mike takes great pride is sharing the history of our farm and walking you carefully through the chocolate tasting. Aloha, Mike and Rhonda Pollard, Owner Kahi Ola Mau Farm, LLC - Home of Honoka'a Chocolate Co.
Written January 31, 2020
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Shelly P
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We were looking for a unique experience and found Honoka’a Chocolate. The personal tour of the intimate property, picking a Cocoa pod from the tree, plus the detailed information on the farming and process of making chocolate was incredible! Topping that all off with tasting their amazing chocolates was an experience I’ll talk about for years. I truly look forward to buying more chocolate and seeing the exciting things they do as the business continues to grow. Don’t miss this place during your next visit to the island!
Written May 23, 2022
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cynthia
Grenada, MS33 contributions
Couples
The owner is friendly and likable. Pretty little farm. His cacao trees are new and just beginning to produce. He did tell us all about the production and harvest of cacao and some trees did have fruit. The chocolate tasting was well done and interesting but it all seemed much more aimed at selling his chocolate than showing you about cacao. He imports most of the cacao used in his up and coming chocolate business. His chocolate bars are $15 for a two ounce bar.
Written November 12, 2021
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Bob B
Newhall, CA13 contributions
Couples
Mike was a wonderful host who shared a bit of his personal story that took him from being the son of farmers in the Central Valley to a Physicist associated with Keck observatory.

His scientific and business mind helped create a vision for a Hawaii based chocolate business as well as his case as chocolate maker. Both left us as a believer and customers.

We left with 10 bars to take home and a strong interest in being an ongoing customer.
Written September 2, 2021
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Aloha Bob B! Mahalo for taking the time to write about your recent visit to our farm! We’re so glad that you left a loyal customer - We enjoy sharing our story and our chocolate with everyone who visits. We can’t wait for you to try some of our new and upcoming chocolate creations! Mike and Rhonda Pollard Kahi Ola Mau Farm - Home of Honoka’a Chocolate Co.
Written October 4, 2021
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Natasha
1 contribution
Couples
Really great tour, was able to learn about the start up of the business, the cacao plantation process, how to make high quality chocolate and how to become a tasting expert! But by far my favourite part of the experience was the owners enthusiasm and passion for sharing his journey with others. It was easy to tell he really cared about doing things the right way, particularly when he explained about the importance of sustainable farming and fair ethical wages for workers.

The chocolate tasted incredible, easy to see how it's multiple award winning!
Written March 22, 2022
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Angus2002
Scottsdale, AZ35 contributions
Couples
This is a MUST when visiting Hawaii. There is so much information about farming & crops, cacao, chocolate making and general life on Hawaii packed into a two hour visit with Mike! After hearing Mike’s process for selecting beans, the process of making his chocolate and then tasting we are forever changed in how we purchase and enjoy this special treat. We’re excited for Mike as he expands his operation and will be regular mail-order customers for sure.
Written March 10, 2021
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bpmeier
Chicago, IL86 contributions
If you're a chocolate aficionado, this tour may hold more value for you than the average person. If you're just a chocolate lover, you may feel somewhat let down. The farm's story is interesting as is the process of growing, roasting and creating chocolate. But overall value is lacking. 8 to 10 tiny taste tests and goodbye. If there was a 1" square of chocolate given as you depart, as a "thanks for coming", I might have felt differently but as it was, the value for money wasn't nearly what I thought it would be based on recent tours of similar nearby farms which included lunch and dessert for the same price.
Written November 1, 2021
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