Hawaii Cacao and Chocolate Diversification through Agro-tourism
Register now to join us for the 2018 annual Hawaii Cacao and Chocolate Association (HCCA) Conference March 10-11 on O’ahu!
The HCCA conference events and activities are open to all HCCA members and also to anyone who is interested in learning more about growing cacao or making chocolate in Hawaii, the industry, the supply chain or who just loves chocolate!
This year’s theme is Hawaii Cacao and Chocolate Diversification through Agri-tourism. Farm tours of Waialua Estates, 21 Degrees Estate and Kualoa Ranch, as well as a chocolate factory tour of Manoa Chocolate will be integrated with expert speakers on orchard design, cacao genetics, seedlings, pest threats, and artisanal chocolate making culminating in a discussion panel on diversification and agritourism in Hawaii.
The first day will include a catered dinner on a Waimanalo farm and the second day features a breakfast networking farm tour, a short business meeting, a panel discussion and reception at the Kaneohe Yacht Club followed by the traditional chocolate tasting and wine pairing. The fee for all activities and events is $165 per person. A full itinerary of the conference events and activities can be found on the HCCA website at www.hawaiichocolate.org.
Current and prospective members are encouraged to renew or sign up for membership between now and March. To renew or join membership at HCCA, please go to https://hawaiichocolate.org/current-members. Please visit the HCCA website at www.hawaiichocolate.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Theme: Hawaii Cacao and Chocolate Diversification through Agro-tourism
Saturday, March 10, 2018
9am Networking hour at Waialua Sugar Mill (coffee; light pastries avail for
purchase at General Store). 67-106 Kealohanui St, Waialua, HI 96791
10am Mike Conway, Waialua Estates, shares history of orchard. Dan/Kyle lead approx 1-hour tour
through old orchard. Topic: new and old orchard changes in design and cacao genetics.
Noon Proceed to Whole Foods in Kailua for lunch - 629 Kailua Rd Ste 100, Kailua, HI 96734
1pm-2pm LUNCH (we will reserve back patio but participants can purchase their own preferred lunch in the
store and meet at Mauka patio)
2pm Depart for Waimanalo UH variety trial
41-698 Ahiki Street Waimanalo, HI, 96795
2:30pm Dr. Skip Bittenbender discusses genetic selections, orchard rehab, tree yields
3:30pm Depart for Dylan & Tammie Butterbaugh’s (Manoa Chocolate) for tour
41-876 Waikupanaha St. Waimanalo, HI, 96795
3:45pm Tour of cacao and native plants
4:30pm Presentation by Dr. Skip Bittenbender on current Hawaii Cacao stats
5pm Black pod presentation by Dan Corson
6:30pm Greg D’Alesandre presents Dandelion Chocolates new book
7pm Keg party and Catered Dinner *
* Chocolate makers are encouraged to bring samples of their chocolate to share for tasting.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
8:30am Networking breakfast at 21 Degrees Estate (Maria and Michael Rogers’ cacao farm)
Note: Coffee, juice, pastries, bagels and fruit will be provided
47-546d Mapele Place, Kaneohe, HI 96744
9am Farm tour (Maria and Michael) and discussion on cacao seedling business (Ben Fields)
10am Depart for Kualoa Variety Trial
49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744
10:30am Skip and Dan discuss Kualoa variety trial
11am Check out Macnut Coffee agro tourism stop (next to variety trial location)
11:30am Kualoa Ranch lunch - Isis and Taylor elaborate on Kualoa Ag programs
49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744
12:30pm Depart for Manoa Chocolate
315 Uluniu St. Suite 203, Kailua HI 96734
1pm Manoa Chocolate factory tour by Dylan
1/2 group upstairs and ½ downstairs
2;30pm Depart for Kaneohe Yacht Club (all attendees must park on Kaneohe Bay Drive and walk into the
44-503 Kaneohe Bay Dr, Kaneohe, HI 96744
3:20pm HCCA Annual Meeting and Elections – led by HCCA President Gunars Valkirs
Note: voting is full and associate members only
All participants assemble in room for presentations
3:30pm Successes of Steelgrass Farms on Kauai – Will Lydgate
4pm Protecting your Brand – lessons learned from Kona Coffee industry - Martin Hsia
4:30pm Agritourism Panel
Lessons from Kualoa Ranch – John Morgan
Lani/Pomai Weigert - Hawaii Agri-tourism Association
5:30pm Sharon Hurd – Department of Agriculture - Programs for Farmers
6pm Networking reception (heavy pupus and soft drinks provided and cash pay as you go bar)
Note: chocolate makers are encouraged to bring chocolate samples to share; there may be an optional wine/chocolate pairing opportunity
Contact names and numbers if you get lost:
Dylan - 808-343-3040
Amy – 808 223-6040
Maria – 808-778-0308
Note: this will be a long day with gaps between meals; recommend bringing snacks, water bottle, mosquito repellant, hat, sunscreen, long sleeves/pants for farms and closed toe shoes.