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The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory

Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
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About The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory
Following recommendations of the CDC and our state's Stay at Home Owner, we are closing our on-site Chocolate Shoppe and suspending guided plantation tours until further notice. We will post any updates on re-opening as we re-evaluate the situation. Stay safe, healthy and happy! 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. 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.
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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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Response from Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory
Responded Mar 9, 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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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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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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Response from Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory
Responded Mar 3, 2020
Aloha Andrew and mahalo for weighing in. Glad you learned a lot on our plantation tour and love chocolate!
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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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Response from Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory
Responded Mar 2, 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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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
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Response from Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory
Responded Feb 23, 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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