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Save the Date: The 2018 HCCA Conference on Oahu

HCCA has set aside March 10-11, 2018 for our annual conference, to be held on Oahu. While a more detailed itinerary and speaker lineup will follow, the theme for this year’s conference will focus on the added value that agritourism brings to cacao farmers and chocolate makers in Hawaii. To this end, we will hear from Will Lydgate, owner of Steelgrass Farms on Kauai—a very successful agritourism enterprise; Lani Weigert, the founder of the Hawaii Agritourism Association and creator of Allii Lavender Farm on Maui; and John Morgan of Kualoa Ranch on Oahu. 
 
In addition, we plan to hear about legal protection for small business brands in Hawaii from attorney Martin Hsia. Farm and factory tours will feature Oahu-based Waialua Estates, 21 Degrees Estate and Manoa Chocolate.  The conference will also include fun social and networking events as well as the traditional chocolate tastings. The conference is perfect for growers, chocolate makers, confectioners, people thinking about becoming any of these things, chocolate connoisseurs, chefs, and anyone who has an interest in Hawaii cacao and chocolate!
 
Mark your calendars now so you can plan to attend this instructive and enjoyable event! Check back here for more updates soon. Tickets will be available for purchase through the website beginning in January 2018.

Become an HCCA member or renew your membership

Become a member or renew your membership with the Hawaii Chocolate and Cacao Association for benefits including invitations to meetings and networking events, industry promotion, discounts, member newsletter, education material, and more. As an active member you will receive a member discount on future conference and event registrations. Your membership is an opportunity to save while continuing to support HCCA! More information available on the Members page.

Already a member and want to be more active with HCCA? Get involved and participate in one of our many committees including Education, Legislation, Membership, Marketing, Fundraising, and more to help shape the future of our industry. Send an email to info@hawaiichocolate.org and let us know what you are interested in and how you would like to help. Mahalo!

Membership

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Membership Benefits:

Legislative Strength

The Hawaii Chocolate and Cacao Association acts as the industry’s voice on legislative issues. Members are active in lobbying legislators and influencing  legislation that affects the chocolate industry.

Industry Networking

Annual Conference and Educational Opportunities for Growers and Farmers
During the annual HCCA Conference a variety of current issues in farming, production, manufacture and retail are presented by guest speakers and relevant industry information is shared among members. At other times field trips and workshops provide educational opportunities for growers and manufacturers.

General Membership Meetings

Annual general membership meeting are held during the HCCA Conference each year in February. Other networking opportunities may be arrangend at events during the year.

Statewide Educational Outreach

HCCA participates in a variety of educational and promotional activities during the year including The Hawaii Chocolate Festival, Agriculture Day at the Capital, the Maui County Agriculture Festival,  The Hawaii Cacao Festival and various Farmers Markets and Culinary Festivals around the state.

Additional Benefits

The HCCA Newsletter provides quarterly communication with members providing legislative updates, spotlighting upcoming events, industry news, member profiles and other relevant information of the

HCCA Logo

A users agreement providing guidelines for use will soon be available to Members interested in using the HCCA logo for promotional purposes (i.e. on packaging, Point of Sale material, website or other commercial applications)  Displaying this symbol demonstrates commitment to the standards and policies of the HCCA and will serve to promote awareness and strengthen the brand value of the Hawaii Chocolate and Cacao Association including our members products and services .