The 2018 HCCA Conference is March 10-11 2018

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

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 Please visit the HCCA website at or contact with any questions.


Theme: Hawaii Cacao and Chocolate Diversification through Agro-tourism

Day 1

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,+Waialua,+HI+96791/@21.5739349,-158.1267087,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x7c005f41448b23df:0x1dcaeb3b8ece1c49!8m2!3d21.5739299!4d-158.1245146

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,+Kailua,+HI+96734/@21.3938565,-157.745161,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x7c0014dc96b9e27b:0xebb0a797954ed952!8m2!3d21.3938515!4d-157.7429669

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,+Waimanalo,+HI+96795/@21.335531,-157.7169821,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x7c00137591b2ebbf:0x852a5af47ab8092d!8m2!3d21.335526!4d-157.714788

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,+Waimanalo,+HI+96795/@21.3377229,-157.7390386,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x7c00136a62815e7b:0xb9f7cc953b846150!8m2!3d21.3377179!4d-157.7368445

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.

Day 2
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,+Kaneohe,+HI+96744/@21.449073,-157.8511851,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x7c006a1ba7795f91:0x5107e19323b10cf8!8m2!3d21.449068!4d-157.848991

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,+Kaneohe,+HI+96744/@21.5207623,-157.839444,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x7c00416db4ae216b:0xa8368c171d28dee!8m2!3d21.5207573!4d-157.8372499

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,+Kaneohe,+HI+96744/@21.5207623,-157.839444,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x7c00416db4ae216b:0xa8368c171d28dee!8m2!3d21.5207573!4d-157.8372499

12:30pm Depart for Manoa Chocolate
315 Uluniu St. Suite 203, Kailua HI 96734,+Kailua,+HI+96734/@21.391523,-157.7445961,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x7c0014c349a832e1:0x37b868e6f1540ec0!8m2!3d21.391523!4d-157.7424074

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,+Kaneohe,+HI+96744/@21.4168699,-157.7680998,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x7c006ad26cf4a873:0xfecda0c7bcf0f8b1!8m2!3d21.4168649!4d-157.7659057

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
Cades Schutte

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.