Sweet Treats, Tours At Ca­cao Fest Sun­day

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Islander -

The state’s sweet­est month is com­ing to an end, but Far­mLovers will wrap up Hawaii Grown Ca­cao Month in style with its third an­nual Hawaii Ca­cao Fes­ti­val, set for 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun­day at Kailua El­e­men­tary School.

Dur­ing the fes­ti­val, farm­ers and food ar­ti­sans will share the magic they use to trans­form the bit­ter co­coa bean into the most de­light­ful choco­late. Guided walk­ing tours be­gin at 9:30 and 10 a.m. to visit Kailua’s own choco­late havens: Kokolani Choco­late, Manoa Choco­late, Madre Choco­late and Whole Foods Mar­ket. Par­tic­i­pants will learn why sup­port­ers of the Bean-to­Bar Move­ment think they can cre­ate bet­ter choco­late by con­trol­ling the process all the way from the bean to the com­pleted choco­late bar, as well as why Kailua is known as Choc-Kailua.

More than 40 booths also will be open on site for the weekly Kailua Town Farm­ers Mar­ket, which of­fers live mu­sic by Paul Izak & Seeds of Love at the mar­ket café. (Ca­cao trees will be avail­able for sale.)

Hawaii is the only state in the na­tion that can grow ca­cao, and Far­mLovers wants to give more at­ten­tion to the co­coa bean in or­der to fur­ther de­velop the lo­cal in­dus­try.

For more in­for­ma­tion call 388-9696.

As gravedig­gers (Dom­ina Ar­royo and Ey­belle Nevins-Rosado) ca­su­ally look on, Girl (Jes­sica Kin­caid) and Il­le­gal (Chris­tian Sylvester) es­cape death and the city. The scene is from ‘Bat­tle of Will,’ which will be pre­sented to the pub­lic by Wind­ward Com­mu­nity Col­lege drama stu­dents Feb. 28-March 7 at Pa­liku Theatre. Photo by Or­rin Nakanelua.

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