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The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory

78-6772 Makenawai St, Driveway on Kahoolele St, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-8958
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Informative but short

This was an interesting little farm that grew cocoa beans for chocolate which they made on premise... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
kareninaz
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Tucson, Arizona
A must for chocolate lovers

We really enjoyed the tour of the chocolate factory. Bob, the man who started it all, gives a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
jsherm
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Petaluma, California
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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, non-blended to assure purity and quality. The result is a delicious single-origin Hawaiian chocolate of distinctive texture and taste. The OHCF farm and factory tours are offered Wednesday mornings at 9:00am and Friday mornings at 9:00am. It is a one-hour walking tour of the orchard and factory and of course, includes chocolate sampling! Bob conducts an educational tour ... it's full of information about every step in the chocolate making process, from growing the trees to molding each handmade delicious bar. Please go online to book your tour for Wednesday or Friday. Chocolate Shoppe is open Tuesday through Friday 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Chocolate is Aloha!
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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 3 days ago

This was an interesting little farm that grew cocoa beans for chocolate which they made on premise. This tour only lasted about 40 min and the owner talked quite fast. I felt like he was just trying to push us through the experience. We walked...More

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks Karen for weighing in. We'll have to tell Bob to slow down! Due to health and safety rules, we do not give tours during our factory production times, so instead explain the process. We're glad you enjoyed your time in the cacao orchard and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the tour of the chocolate factory. Bob, the man who started it all, gives a great tour. The tour is mostly the plantation with a more brief look at the factory at the end. You go into a cacao grove, and Bob...More

Thank jsherm
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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We appreciate your thoughtful review on our plantation tour. We think Bob does a great job too! He is the passion behind Original Hawaiian Chocolate and has been devoted to creating the whole product—from tree to bar— right here in the U.S.A. We hope to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this tour, our guide walked our group around the plantation explaining about the cacao flowers and the different colours of the pods; he also opened a ripe pod and explained the entire chocolate making process in an interesting and fun way. The...More

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Mahalo for weighing in on your experience with us. We don't have many guests that aren't keen on chocolate and we're glad you still enjoyed yourself. We feel our place is pretty special too and we wish you a great summer ahead with more beautiful...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We missed getting reservations glad we did. We watched a video and with 4 small children it was better we didn't pay. However the chocolate and products were wonderful. The staff was so nice and we had a very nice hour of learning and shopping.More

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Mahalo for coming by to see us and we're glad you enjoyed your time with us and found it worthwhile! You mentioned you visited with four small children and said it was better you didn't pay. Just an FYI, Children Under 12 are free on...More

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Reviewed May 13, 2018

If you like chocolate, you should visit this plantation. They do a great job of explaining the process of growing, harvesting and processing cacao (chocolate). If you can resist buying some chocolate at the end of the tour, you are stronger than we were.

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2018

Thanks for letting us know you found your visit informative and weʻre glad you enjoyed our chocolate and took some with you. Chocolate is Aloha!®

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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

This is well worth doing. It’s an informative and interesting tour. The staff are helpful and knowledgeable. The chocolate is tasty too!

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2018

Weʻre glad you found our plantation tour interesting and our staff were able to assist you. Chocolate is Aloha!®

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Reviewed May 11, 2018

Note: Reservations required for tours, given on Wednesday and Friday mornings only. What an interesting, refreshing tour! Bob's knowledge, enthusiasm, and pride in this cocao farm and complete processing facility has an awesome result...their chocolate is among the best we've savored anywhere. The tour guides...More

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2018

Mahalo for weighing in about your recent plantation tour experience—we loved having you folks! Glad you enjoyed our chocolate! Just so you know, our Chocolate Shoppe is open 10-3 Tues. thru Fri. and guests can see a producing cacao tree, view a video of our...More

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Reviewed May 5, 2018 via mobile

There were families and couples old and young. It was very well done and we learned everything about the growing and processing of chocolate. We sampled the three kinds of chocolate they make on this farm. The whole operation is on this farm - nice...More

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2018

Mahalo Maggie for letting us know you enjoyed your visit with us and we appreciate your sentiment about supporting our local business economy. Chocolate is Aloha!®

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Reviewed April 25, 2018

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour at the OHCF! We so appreciated our tour with Bob, and literally learned about the growing and processing of this superior chocolate from the ground up! The little geckos that appeared while Bob was cutting the coco...More

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2018

Mahalo for taking the time to let us know about your visit! We can't decide what Bob enjoys more: making chocolate or giving tours! He says he meets such interesting people on the tours who appreciate how Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory came to be. Our...More

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Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

I know you’re in Hawaii and beaches are the thing to do. But you need to take a break from the sand and sun to visit this farm. The staff is amazing and it was fascinating to learn about the chocolate making process including growing...More

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2018

Mahalo for taking time from the sun and sea to come up to lush, green Keauhou for a visit with us. We're glad you found the info worthwhile and the chocolate tasty! Isn't it amazing what we grow to turn into chocolate? We think so!...More

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Shannon D
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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Jeremy C
June 24, 2017|
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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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