2020 Events

March 2020

2020 HCCA Conference

All day

Event Details

March 2020

2020 HCCA Conference

REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE HERE


2020 HCCA Conference: March 27th, 28th & 29th

Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii


2020 HCCA CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:


SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH:

Starting @ KAI IKENA FARMS Barn, Pepeekeo


8:30 - Check-in, Welcome (Maria Carl, 21 Degrees Estate)

               Light breakfast provided (scones, fruit, coffee, etc.)


9:00 - PRESENTATION #1: Ag Tourism:
- Angela Fa'anunu (UH Assistant professor of Tourism). 

- Kalisi Mausio (Hawaii Farm Trails ap developer and farmer). 

- Will Lydgate (Lydgate Farms, Kauai).


10:00 - PRESENTATION #2: “Doing it in the Wet":

Tips for growing & process cacao in a climate similar to Hilo.

-  Chuck Kerchner (Zorzal Cacao, Dominican Republic)


11:00 - Farm Tour #1 - Kai Ikena Farms, Pepeekeo


11:40 - Farm Tour #2 - Mauna Kea Cacao, Pepeekeo


12:30 - Travel to Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Old Town Hilo.


1:00 - Catered Lunch (Discovery Center Thai).


DURING LUNCH:(HCCA Goals, Strategy and Voting; Dave Elliott (ORCD), Cacao Growers’ Survey Introduction; CTAHR New Cacao Variety Trial Presentation.


2:30 - PRESENTATION #3: Achieving Consistent Cacao Quality and Flavor Profiles: Tasting international cacao successes and failures
- Greg D’Alesandre (Dandelion Chocolate, San Francisco).

Break (10 minutes)


3:45 - 4:45 -PRESENTATION #4: Creating Craft Chocolate:

Chocolate making & equipment for small batch craft chocolate.
- David Menkes (LetterPress Chocolate, Los Angeles).


5:00 Depart Discovery Center, brief break, travel to Imiloa Astronomy Center


6:00 Dinner with Surprise Presentation


7:20 Member & Guest Chocolate Tasting


8:00 Departure


SUNDAY, MARCH 29TH:

Starting @ Kula’imano Community Center in Pepeekeo

 

8:00 - Light Breakfast Gathering (Pastries & Coffee).


8:30 - Hawaii State Cacao Survey

(Dave Elliott)


8:50 - Growing Cacao Kona-Side

(Ken Melrose)


9:10 - Queensland Longhorn Beetle and Cacao Report

(Sheina Sim, USDA)


9:30 - Fermentation Techniques Affecting Flavor Evaluations 

(Colin Hart)


10:00 - Drive to Hamakua Chocolate Farm, Papaikou (4 minutes away).


10:15 - Split into two groups:

Group 1:  Farm Tour #3, Hamakua Chocolate Farm
Group 2:  Cacao Grafting Workshop

- Max Breen [CTAHR]

(Univ. of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources)


11:00 - Break (10 min)


11:10 - Group 1:  Cacao Grafting Workshop
                Group 2:
 Farm Tour #3


12:55 - Closing Remarks


1:00 - Departure, End of 2020 Conference.

All day

March 27th

Cacao 101 Workshop: REGISTER NOW

8:30AM - 4:00PM

Hamakua Chocolate Farm

Event Details

March 27th

Cacao 101 Workshop: REGISTER NOW

This year, the HCCA Conference includes an optional Cacao 101 Workshop on Friday, March 27th. This workshop is open to the general public. 


Pricing is as follows:


FREE to all paid 2020 Conference Attendees.

$ 50 for the General Public.


Anyone (paid or unpaid conference attendee) may choose to have lunch provided for an additional $10 per person. Feel free to bring your own lunch if you prefer.


REGISTER FOR WORKSHOP HERE


CACAO 101 DETAILS:


LOCATION:  Hamakua Chocolate Farm (HCF); parking on roadside.


8:30 - Check-in & Light Breakfast (Coffee, pastries, fruit, etc.)


9:00 - Welcome (Maria Carl Rogers & Dan Corson).


9:10 - Dan Corson: Farm Planning (site selection/soil analysis/spacing/land, wind breaks & shade).


10:10 - Ben Field: Tree Establishment and Growth (tree selection, soil prep, seedling growth, fertilization and pesticide use in early years, diversified agriculture).


11:10 - Dan Corson: Pruning Demo (in field) & management of Black Pod.


12:00 - Lunch ($10 prepaid or bring your own).


1:00 - Colin Hart: In Field Harvesting Demo (when/how). Fermentation/Drying/Storage.


2:00 - Susan Bassett: Economics - now you have beans…what to do next.


3:00 - Greg D’Alesandre: Cacao Standards & Quality Assessment and Failures + International Bean Tasting.

 

4:00 - Workshop Wrap-Up

(Present workshop notes & complementary USB Drives).

8:30AM - 4:00PM

Hamakua Chocolate Farm