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The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory

Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
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About The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory
From our factory in Kona's on the Island of Hawaii comes the one and only Original Hawaiian Chocolate. We are the first to grow, hand-pick, sun-dry and process only Hawaiian grown cocoa beans, non-blended to assure purity and quality. The result is a delicious single-origin Hawaiian chocolate of distinctive texture and taste. We offer fun, guided plantation tours and are expanding our offerings to 9am and 11am every Wed. & Fri. starting June 16. Our on-site Chocolate Shoppe is open 11am-3pm every Wed. & Fri. Bob conducts a fabulous tour...it’s full of information about every step in the chocolate making process, from growing the trees to molding each handmade delicious bar. We are a working farm and reservations are required. Once your reservation is confirmed, we will provide you with directions to the farm. Please arrive 10 minutes before tour time. In consideration of all our guests, we do strive to start each tour on time. Our chocolates are also available on our website. Mahalo!
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Companion158425 wrote a review Mar 2020
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We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. We learned how many steps involved and how much time it takes in this hands on operation from tree to candy. We appreciated our host carrying a microphone and speaker around - made hearing all this information easier.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory
Responded Mar 10, 2020
So happy to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your plantation tour. Isn't it amazing how cacao grows on trees and then is processed so it can be crafted into our milk, dark and rare criollo chocolates. We think so too—and it's made right here in the U.S.A...20 degrees north of the equator. Hope you can visit us again sometime. Chocolate is Aloha!®
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patricialj2016 wrote a review Mar 2020
Las Vegas, Nevada16 contributions22 helpful votes
Fascinating, enjoyable tour providing a glimpse into how chocolate is grown and produced. Tour guide very knowledgeable and witty. Chocolate treat was tasty.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory
Responded 1 week ago
Aloha Patricia, Mahalo for weighing in and we apologize for not thanking you sooner...we didn't see this review before. We're glad you found you visit worthwhile with us. Hope you can come back and see us when you return to Kona. Take care!
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Andrew G wrote a review Mar 2020
Shiloh, North Carolina33 contributions4 helpful votes
We had a tour of the orchard and the tour guide was the owner, Bob. So much information and very interesting. A must for any chocolate lover!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory
Responded Mar 4, 2020
Aloha Andrew and mahalo for weighing in. Glad you learned a lot on our plantation tour and love chocolate!
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Jenny L wrote a review Feb 2020
San Jose, California11 contributions1 helpful vote
The tour was okay, nothing out of this world. The tour was only 37 minutes and could have been summaries in a YouTube video. If you love chocolate this is not the tour you want to take. You are only given three small pieces of chocolate to sample.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory
Responded Mar 3, 2020
Aloha Jenny, Mahalo for letting us know about your recent plantation tour experience. We are surprised to hear that your tour was 37 minutes as they usually last nearly an hour. We enjoy first sharing with guests how we got started 20 years ago and share plumeria-shaped samples of our own milk, dark and rare criollo artisan chocolates. We take folks right into the shady cacao orchard where they see the cacao flowers and pods growing right on the trees. We cut open a cacao pod so guests can see the sticky cocoa beans—the essence of chocolate. We explain the bean fermenting process and tour participants can see the large racks where the beans dry in the Hawaiian sun. Then we go inside the chocolate factory and explain the process of turning the dried beans into chocolate. Finally, our guests are free to visit our Chocolate Shoppe where they can browse among and purchase our different chocolates—including roasted cacao nibs and specialty bars—our coffee, and products by other Hawaii companies that use our chocolate. Chocolate is Aloha!®
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Rowride wrote a review Feb 2020
Sacramento, California13 contributions18 helpful votes
Bob, the owner, provides a wealth of information about chocolate, from the flowering of the tree to pod harvesting, bean sweating and fermentation, drying, processing and making the chocolate. He also answers any and all questions you can think to ask. He opens a cacao pod and shows how the beans are harvested. It’s pretty cool. You gat a sample of each of the 3 kinds of chocolate they make, as well as the opportunity to purchase any of their products to either take with you or ship home. There is very little walking, they provide bug spray, cups of water and there’s a lanai where you can sit and rest if you need to, so very accessible to most people.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory
Responded Feb 24, 2020
Thanks for weighing in and sharing a summary of our plantation tour. We hope you enjoyed yourself and come back again!
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