SeeChocolate Made from Bean to Bar
Ever wondered what goes into making that magical treat called chocolate? Lucky for visitors to the Big Island, Kona boasts not only coffee farms but also a one-stop field-to-bar experience, The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory.
While cacao isn’t endemic to Hawai‘i, the same Kona slopes that are ideal for coffee growing also are perfect for harvesting cacao. On South Kona’s Mt. Hualalai, The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory not only farms cacao beans but also handpicks, sun-dries and processes the beans.
The company also takes it the final step, turning the processed beans into authentic Hawaiian chocolate bars. During a single visit to the farm, guests get to see the entire chocolate process in action!
Tours run every Wednesday at 9 a.m. and Friday at 9:30 a.m. by phone appointment. Call (888) 447-2626.