The Hawaii Cacao and Chocolate Association convened in Hilo, Hawaii March 11-12 for its annual conference. Over 60 participants attended from around Hawaii and the Mainland.
The weekend activities began with farm tours at Hamakua Chocolate Farm followed by a visit to the Kazemaru’s OLA Kai farm and lunch at chocolate maker Tom Sharkey’s house. The afternoon included a visit to Mahilani farm on the hillside above Hilo. There, we had the chance to see not only the farm but also the post-harvest processing facility and their emerging chocolate factory. Participants also enjoyed a cacao/chocolate inspired dinner afterwards.