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.
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.
Annual general membership meetings are held during the HCCA Conference each year in February. Other networking opportunities may be arranged at events throughout the year.
HCCA participates in a variety of educational and promotional activities throughout the year including: The Hawai'i Chocolate Festival, Agriculture Day at the Capital, the Maui County Agriculture Festival, The Hawai'i Cacao Festival and various Farmers Markets and Culinary Festivals around the state.
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.
The HCCA Newsletter provides quarterly communication with members providing legislative updates, spotlighting upcoming events, industry news, member profiles and other relevant information.
Membership includes individuals, sole proprietors, partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, trade organizations, and research organizations doing business in Hawaii for at least one year.
*Determination of membership level eligibility is subject to board approval.
Established Hawai'i businesses and organizations (one year or more) engaged in the manufacturer distribution and sales of products or services directly related to products containing Hawai'i-grown cacao are eligible for Full Membership. The benefits of Full Membership include: eligibility to vote on Association matters and to serve on the Board of Directors. Members are organized into three categories; growers, chocolate makers and retailers.
Established Hawai'i businesses and organizations (one year or more) engaged in the manufacturer distribution and sales of products or services directly related to products containing Hawai'i-grown cacao are eligible for Certified Membership. Certified Members have voting privileges but are not eligible for election to the Board of Directors.
Organizations engaged in the chocolate/cacao industry, but who are established in a location other than Hawai'i may join at our Associate Membership level. The Associate Membership level includes all member benefits, but Associate Members are not eligible for voting or election to the Board of Directors.
We welcome other supporters of the HCCA to join us as Friends. Friends are invited to attend all general membership meetings & other HCCA hosted events. Friends of the HCCA also receive up to date information via our quarterly newsletter.