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“Great for a Chocolate Lover”

The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory
Ranked #43 of 199 Tours in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 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. 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!
California
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great for a Chocolate Lover”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Found this in a travel book and was able to get a reservation for the tour. It is a detailed look at the entire process from seed to chocolate candy, with samples! Bob, the owner, is an excellent speaker and provides great information. The geckos come running during one demonstration. Got some to take home at their gift shop.
Would recommend this to anyone who has time and loves chocolate, we learned so much.

Visited November 2012
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Gilbert, Arizona
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45 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Oh the aroma!”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

We went to the chocolate factory the first full day we were on the island. It's up a really winding road but we found it! Yes, it's small, yes perhaps "tour" gives one a different idea of what's ahead and no, actually pouring the chocolate in molds isn't viewed because it's a very small room. I would dare say it's against health codes to pour the chocolate in the open room with tourists breathing all over the place and no hairnets, either. Personally the warming vat of $2K worth of melted chocolate was wonderful and enough for me! We were told a cruise visitor brought pineapple from his breakfast to dip in the warming vat...(the $2K worth of chocolate)...and no he was not allowed to turn it as the owner said, into fondu!
This was the first time we'd ever seen cacao growing and also saw a few odd bodkin blooms as well. For me, it was a tad too detailed but I'm ADD and Type A as well! The geckos were adorable; be sure to have a good zoom! The geckos come out and nosh on the cacao seeds so be ready... Priceless shots!
Yes, the chocolate is expensive but delicious! Of course, no one is held to a declaration of purchases. There is also a public restroom and a water jug. It was a great morning and we enjoyed it a lot! Being a former prek teacher, I would not suggest small children would enjoy very much of the time at all, older kids would be quieter...at least. The grove is on a slight hill and not friendly to walkers or wheelchairs They ship and we plan to have some mailed home to AZ when the weather is cooler...check their shop out on line.

Visited October 2012
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Nashville
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53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Atypical Hawaiian experience: do not miss!”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

By chance we came across the name of this place in our local newspaper while planning a trip to the BIg Island. We are both chocolate lovers so of course we weren't going to miss it! Really neat, compact operation to see. Beans are grown/harvested/processed right there - very informative and interesting. free samples. Lots of gecko sightings! The best is last: HUGE vats of liquid chocolate. People want to just bury their faces in them. Can't resist the gift shop - have to bring home lots of chocolate to share!!! And really neat knowing exactly where it came from.

Visited March 2012
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dundee
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135 reviews
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“Informative but not much of a tour”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

As a family of 4, we were delighted to obtain a place on the limited tours. However, the tour was more of a excellent talk by bob the owner, in 4 different locations, which could have all happened at the one spot. It was very interesting to see the different pods, on the trees then one being opened. Interesting to hear of the process of fermentation drying etc, did not actually see any of the chocolate machines being used other than the heated chocolate that was going to be poured once the "tour" was over. A wee taste of chocolate at the beginning, and then chance to purchase the very expensive chocolate at the end. Very very expensive in our opinion.

Visited July 2012
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Meridian, Idaho
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163 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Small but amazing”
Reviewed July 5, 2012 via mobile

This was a great surprise to our tour as our previous stop was a disaster. The couple that bought this chocolate cucoa grove and moved there in 1997 are great people. They walked us through the entire chocolate maki g process from tree to bar. Best tour of chocolate in my life. Their chocolate is some of the best I have ever tasted. Take the Time to see them if you can.

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