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The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory

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From our factory on the slopes of Hualalai Mountain's bountiful Kona region on the Island of Hawaii comes the one and only Original Hawaiian Chocolate(R). We are the first to grow, hand-pick, sun-dry and process only Hawaiian grown cocoa beans...more
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78-6772 Makenawai St, Driveway on Kahoolele St, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-8958
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The tour was informative with a very personal touch. We actually stood beneath the cacao trees where the biweekly harvest occurs. The opening of the pod was demonstrated as well as the drying and conching processes. We live near and visit Hershey, PA frequently, so...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Family had a great time. Learned all you can learn about farm to mouth chocolate making. The geckos were fun too. Thanks!!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour took us around the farm to show us where the cacao grows, how it's harvested, processed, and made into bars. Great learning experience and yummy samples!! Bob was very knowledgeable, entertaining, and gracious for his guests.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came with a group. Old to very young! The tour was laid back, personal and enjoyable! I bought a bunch of chocolate to support the factory and experience. Yummy stuff. Learned lots and loved the geckos!!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ellotravel
Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Mahalo for letting us know about your visit. We're glad you are enjoying the chocolate and appreciate your support. Hope to C U again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

5 of us (including a 5,7 and 10 yr old children) went on this tour and it was wonderful. We learned a lot and the kids didnt even get bored. It was only about 45 minutes with just the right information. The samples were delicious...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Teresa H
Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Aloha Teresa, Thank you for taking the time to critique us—we're so happy you found your visit with us rewarding for all the members of your family! We try to make our tours interesting but not information-overload. Mahalo for taking home some chocolate too! Hope...More

Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

The view and video are well worth the wander up the hill. See a tree with young pods. That and coffee and we are set.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank U8169OMricharde
Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2018

Mahalo for stopping by to see us! Yes, we grow and sell our coffee here too. Can't beat the combination of Kona coffee and locally grown and made chocolate! Hope to see you again sometime.

Reviewed October 22, 2018

This place is located in a maze of little streets just off the main road south of Kona. Make sure to check the directions on their website, otherwise you will never find it. They do tours twice a week, but not on the day we...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Beverly S
Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2018

Aloha Beverly, Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed your visit! Guided plantation tours are 9am Wed. and 9 am and 11 Fri. and can be be conveniently reserved online. We hope to see you again sometime. Chocolate is Aloha!®

Reviewed October 18, 2018

Went on the late morning chocolate tour with my wife and two kids. The owner gave the tour and he was extremely knowledgeable and fun. It was interesting to see the entire process for producing chocolate. My daughter got a kick out of the geckos...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Ron M
Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2018

So happy you and your family enjoyed the plantation tour and visit to The Chocolate Shoppe. Those geckos are something else, aren't they? Persistent little critters! We hope you come back soon!

Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Who would of known all that goes into making chocolate. A family run local business, professional informative. Not much walking. Nice to support a local family. Just out of kialua. Quick drive.More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2018

Aloha Merideth! We are happy to provide you with the wow factor....it's super fun to amaze people with how the cacao flowers bloom right on the tree bark, are pollinated by teeny "no-see ums" and the colorful pods grow right on the tree trunks. Not...More

Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

We took this little excursion while in Kona for our son’s first World Ironman! I really enjoyed learning about the different varieties of cocoa, what is grown here, and the entire process of growing the beans and turning them into chocolate! The staff is very...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2018

Aloha Janet! Thanks for weighing in about your visit and tour—glad you enjoyed learning. That's what we're all about—educating visitors about growing and producing the nation's first single-origin chocolate! Hope all went well with your son during Ironman! All the triathletes give us an extra...More

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December 5, 2017|
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Response from Fern G | Property representative |
Aloha, I am with Original Hawaiian Chocolate and happy to answer your question...Yes, you can purchase a gift certificate for the tour and then your recipient can book it at their convenience...kindly phone OHC and they will... More
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jeremyc600
June 24, 2017|
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Response from Fern G | Property representative |
Original Hawaiian Chocolate grows macadamia nuts on their farm but does no processing of nuts on site. There are no nuts in their chocolate bars.
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Cdevoll
June 19, 2017|
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Aloha, it's about an hour.
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