Maui Chocolate Tour
Maui Chocolate Tour
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Your journey begins at the Ku’ia Estates Chocolate Factory in Lahaina, the largest chocolate factory in the state of Hawaii. Our tour guide then drives you to our private cacao estate, nestled in the foothills of the West Maui mountains. Featuring over 20 acres of cacao trees, our professional and friendly tour guides lead you from “farm to bar.” This interactive and educational tour introduces you to our cacao trees, the hands-on fruit harvesting techniques, and finishes with an exclusive 9-piece tasting of our award-winning chocolate.
Lahaina, Hawaii

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Travelers' Choice
2022

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hardtosay
San Mateo, CA314 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
I find it a bit difficult to rate this tour. We mostly enjoyed it. Our guide was friendly and informative. The treehouse setting for the chocolate tasting part of the tour was beautiful, and it was really fun (especially for my 7 year old) to be able to try 10 different chocolates. It was neat to see the different varieties of cacao pods growing on the trees, and to see how they've planted other trees to offer natural windbreaks and canopy.

Learning about the story of how this particular cacao farm came into being was almost more fascinating than learning about how they grow and process cacao. This was partly because I've taken a chocolate factory tour before where they talked about how chocolate was made, and not much more information was offered on this tour. We got to see the trees and the discarded harvested pods, and to look at small jars of the different stages of processing (beans, nibs, etc), but didn't actually see the fermentation or other steps, or anything in the chocolate factory itself. If you've never done a chocolate tour before, it probably would be more informative to you. Reading between the lines on what drove the decisions made in the foundation of this farm was ... interesting.

I haven't done the chocolate tasting only tour, so I don't know how the information you get compares to what you learn on the farm tour. If they do talk about the process of making chocolate during the tasting, then I'm not entirely sure I think the farm tour is worth the extra money, unless you really like to see the growing plants (and the treehouse definitely had a nicer view/setting for the tasting than the rooftop patio, which was nice). And a note of caution on buying chocolates in the store - their pricing works out to something like $1 per 5g of chocolate. The chocolate bars, which are on a shelf behind the cashier and not out where you can pick them up, are less than 1 oz each and sell for $6-8. If we had realized that before we bought them, we probably wouldn't have (they also didn't have bars of our favorite flavor from the tasting, guava). To be fair, the story of what led the owner to build a chocolate factory and not just as cacao farm should have warned us that the prices would be really high.

All this is not to say I wouldn't recommend the tour, but you should decide for yourself what you're looking for and what it's worth to you.
Written August 18, 2021
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Sherpa517338
1 contribution
Jul 2022
We did the tasting (the tour was sold out and next time we will plan ahead better!), which was wonderful. Our leader was knowledgeable about the flavors and process for the chocolate, and wove a very interesting tale about the history of the factory while walking us through each of the 9 yummy chocolate tastes. The location is such a unique setting, too - upstairs on an outdoor patio but cool enough for the chocolate to not melt and lots of ice water for us! Comfy chairs and a great view, too! Thank you for your dedication to being environmentally and humanely sound. it made us feel that much more inclined to add these to our holiday gift list (they ship!!!)
Written August 20, 2022
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Ellen S
1 contribution
Dec 2022
This is a great tour if you want to learn about the growing and production of really good chocolate. You will tour the cocoa farm, learn about how the trees are grown and how the chocolate is produced and will get to taste some really delicious chocolate. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because I thought it was a bit pricey, but I would still recommend it.
Written December 14, 2022
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Mahalo for joining us and for your recommendation! We'll work hard to earn that 5th star!
Written December 16, 2022
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Sandra G
4 contributions
Jul 2022
The Chocolate tour seemed like a great idea; we wanted to understand the process and so we signed up. The venue is beautiful and has such possibilities. Our family does a lot of events for church and our business so we know quality when we see it. The video that they put on had a glare on it so we couldn't see it. The location was SUPER noisy with trucks and so the girl doing the tour couldn't be heard. She needed a mic or needed to move closer to the guests so that we could hear her. The other tour arrived and interrupted the presentation for a good 10 minutes because they were talking, checking in and didn't realize another tour was going on. We would highly recommend having an outside entity come and help to make this tour a success. It was a lot of money for little enjoyment and/or information.
Written July 10, 2022
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Mahalo for joining us and sharing your experience! We are definitely working hard to find the best way to utilize our space while still a great guided chocolate tasting . We will take your feedback to heart and use it to make a better experience for our guests. Mahalo!
Written July 14, 2022
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Yangon
28 contributions
Aug 2021
I was there to buy chocolate. They allow only 5 person at a time. They focus on tasting more. Some people are wandering inside more and they did not buy much because products are expensive. They should gave priority who will be sure to buy. I felt awkward with their staff.
Written September 26, 2021
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Mahalo for sharing your experience! We will be sure to share this with the store so they can make sure that all our customers feel valued.
Written September 29, 2021
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es962022
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
The worst tour I've ever been to, particularly considering the price.

They don't show you much of anything. First we drove to the plantation for 5 min, walked 30 feet and stood under the cocoa trees. The guide told us not to touch anything while he told us the life story of the farm owner. Then we walked another 20 feet and stood by a table with fake cocoa pods and some cocoa beans. Again not touching or trying anything. Then another 20 feet to a table we we tried 9 tiny pieces of chocolate. Then we drove back.

No machines, no processes, no touching of anything, no trying of anything other than those tiny pieces of chocolate. Completely and utter waste of time and money.
Written August 24, 2022
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Mahalo for joining us and sharing your experience! Being a small farm we don't always have pods to show/share as we need every last one for production. We're sorry that expectation wasn't managed and we'll make sure folks in the future know that they're coming up for trees and chocolates :-) Hope you enjoyed the rest of your time on Maui!
Written September 2, 2022
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Ina
4 contributions
Aug 2022
I went on this tour alone, as my other family members were golfing and zip lining that day. I loved every moment of this tour. Dakota was extremely friendly, professional, and so knowledgeable about the cacao farm and process of making chocolate. The chocolate tasting was amazing and set up in such a great environment in the middle of the cacao farm. Dakota kept the chocolates and water coming and explained each square and its origin and flavor notes before I and the others tasted them. It was such a treat to not only see how the farm was set up and runs, but to be able to eat the chocolate made from the beans growing on the trees here. A wonderfully run excursion that I would recommend to anyone. Very informative and fun!!
Written August 16, 2022
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AKMama2016
Palmer, AK1 contribution
Feb 2021 • Family
It was a nice experience. I enjoyed seeing the cocoa pods and learning about the growing of them. Ultimately there wasn’t a lot to it and my kids were a little bored. It would have been more fun to see more of the process after the pod comes off the tree. For one adult and two kids, paying over $200 feels like far too much. It’d have been worth maybe $20 per person. I still enjoyed the experience though!
Written February 27, 2021
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Mahalo for joining us! We're glad you had fun and we'll take your feedback to heart!
Written March 4, 2021
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Casandra20202022
San Jose, CA1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Family
This tour was extremely informative. Our guide was so funny. Our group ranged from 11 to 60 years old and everyone enjoyed it. I would suggest to go early as it gets hot mid day.
Written October 7, 2022
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Stéphanie R
2 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
The reviews were so good that even if the price was expensive, I gave it a go. Our guide , Kat, was perfect and very knowledgable, it was nice to be in the middle of the cocao trees and the degustation was perfect in this little tower with a great view but I was left disappointed. I thought we will see inside a real pod, not one in plastic that we have seen before, to touch and taste the fresh beans. Also I though that we will go to the entire process, and see the bean drying, the factory running... I visited the Caillet factory for 1 hour with the same informations, plus the factory process and taste all that you can 10 years ago for only 10 $. Of course, I didn't had a guide and the real cocoa tree, but still a big gap between 10 and 85$ (Switzerland is also an expensive country). My consolation is that may money goes to a fondation which is really nice.
Written January 1, 2023
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Mahalo for sharing your thoughts Stephanie! Being a small farm/factory, every last bit of cacao counts when we are harvesting and our factory just wasn't built to accommodate a tour group. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with Kat and learned lots with us! We will work hard to make sure everyone sees the value in our tour. Mahalo for joining us and supporting our mission to support Maui!
Written January 2, 2023
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