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General thoughts on doing a chocolate tour?

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General thoughts on doing a chocolate tour?

I am trying very hard to fill our upcoming trip with activities that are Hawaiian. I want the kids to appreciate the culture of where we are going and how it is different from other places we have traveled with them. I came across the Old Hawaiian Chocolate Factory (did I get that correct?) tour and wondering what the general opinion on doing one might be. Certainly, it is not something we can do here in Minnesota and my sons have asked how chocolate is made before. I thought it could be interesting for a couple 3rd and 4th graders. Thoughts?

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11. Re: General thoughts on doing a chocolate tour?

The Merrie Monarch website indicates that there will be performances by the local halau on the first day for free starting at 9am. Maybe this has changed?

I will have to look into the Manta Ray night snorkel a little bit more. It does sound super cool. Right now, it is not something I am comfortable with. Mostly as it is an all at once type of activity. With snorkeling from shore, I can take one boy at a time with me and not have to be worrying about everyone at once.

I see you recommend Jack's for Manta Ray. I will look into that.

Thanks

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12. Re: General thoughts on doing a chocolate tour?

I think it's still free but I think you still need tickets or something. I don't know, KK will respond. Sorry I'm so vague, I just remember there was something different this year....I have a great memory... Just short! Lol.

They put all the snorkelers on a large float ring and everyone heads out together to keep track of everybody, so you will in essence be with your crew.

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13. Re: General thoughts on doing a chocolate tour?

Wait a minute ... is that chocolate tour for "the kids" or for YOU? :o)

As for me, Big Island Candies is an A+ place to stop in Hilo if you are going to Volcanoes National Park or other sites in the area. The best chocolate I have ever tasted. The smell of the place alone ... ahhhh! And try the macadamia but shortbread cookies.

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14. Re: General thoughts on doing a chocolate tour?

Right, there is no longer a day to the MM with no tickets, sorry! The issue was that many people personally connected to the performers want to come, and they were not being assured of entrance, so they made a ticket lottery for that day too.

There will be some demonstrations for the public that are not in the stadium though.

Re the slack key, a starting point is to go to www.konaweb.com and look for the musical event calendar as well as the Calendar. The music calendar lists the regular gigs of such artists as John Keawe who play here, while the Calendar lists festivals and concerts that are one time events.

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15. Re: General thoughts on doing a chocolate tour?

Correction, we thought you were asking about the traditionally free day, Wednesday, which is the first evening performance. But now I think you're referencing the Easter Ho'olaulea day demonstrations by local halau, which are at the auditorium, and are free.

http://www.merriemonarch.com/the-festival

You need to be early to see any free events, for sure, and prepared to wait.

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16. Re: General thoughts on doing a chocolate tour?

In reference to the chocolate tour...we waited until the week before we arrived on island. When we called for a spot on the tour it was filled. So if you decide to do it...book ahead.

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17. Re: General thoughts on doing a chocolate tour?

I highly recommend visiting the following:

Lyman Museum in Hilo:

http://www.lymanmuseum.org

Kona Historical in Kona:

www.konahistorical.org

'Iole in Kapa'au (North Kohala):

http://www.iolehawaii.com

Pu'ukohola Heiau - National Park, in Kawaihae (South Kohala):

http://www.nps.gov/puhe/index.htm

Anna Ranch Heritage Center in Waimea (South Kohala):

http://www.annaranch.org

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