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The 2nd Annual Hilo Cacao & Chocolate Festival ~ Saturday April 13th!   Leave a comment

The 2nd Annual Hilo Cacao & Chocolate Festival is coming up next month! Barefoot Chocolatini hosts this guided tour in collaboration with Hilo Sharks Chocolate Farm!

A limited number of free tours to the Hawaiian Crown Cacao Farm in Hilo will be offered during the festival on a first-come, first-served basis. For a guaranteed spot on a special guided tour to Sharkey’s Chocolate Farm in Papaikou, purchase discounted advance tickets now!

The purchase of your ticket grants you a seat in the van to and from the festival at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel to Sharkey’s Cacao Farm in Papaikou (15 minutes each way). In thirty minutes time, you will tour the orchard, see cacao trees from young seedlings to mature fruiting trees and learn how to care for them. You will see fermentation boxes, drying racks, and taste warm gooey chocolate from the melanger. This is a fun and educational teaser of a Barefoot Chocolatini tour.

Details for the festival:

Free to the public and hosted by the East Hawaii Cacao Association • See how chocolate is made from tree to bar • Free information and handouts • Cacao seedling giveaway to the first 750 attendees • Chocolate and cacao products from local chocolate makers • Silent Auction • Cacao farm tours • Chocolate Passports for premium chocolate tastings • Grand Prize drawing for Passport holders • Everyone welcome

Many thanks to our Sponsors~

County of Hawaii, Friends of Liliuokalani Gardens, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Paradise Helicopters, Mauna Kea Cacao, Kai Ikena Farms, BEI Hawaii, HPM, and more!


🍫2018 People’s Choice 1st place winner

Puna Chocolate Co.

🍫2018 People’s Choice 2nd place winner

Mauna Kea Cacao

🍫Hawaiian Crown


🍫Hilo Sharks Chocolate

🍫Ohana Cookies

🍫Aloha Bean Coffee

🍫4 Da Love of Chocolate

🍫Wild Things Hawaii

🍫SAA Chocohearts

🍫Chocolate Snob

🍫Honoka`a Chocolate Co.

🍫Leilani Chocolate

🍫Pa`auilo Chocolate

🍫A & D Orchards

🍫Barefoot Chocolatini

🍫BEI Hawaii

🍫Cacao Farmers of Hawaii

🍫Goodbye Little Fire Ants


🍫East Hawaii Cacao Association

🍫UH Master Gardeners


🍫Hawai`i Farmers Union United

🍫Kona Cacao Association

🍫Cacao Farmers Of Hawaii

🍫Office of Hawaiian Affairs

🍫Big Island Invasive Species Committee

🍫Hawaii Ant Lab

🍫Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers



🍫Saturday, April 13, 2019

🍫9am–4pm at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

🍫71 Banyan Drive, Hilo, Hawai’i


Hope to see you there!

Cheers to Chocolate~


Karen E. Bail


Fax: 808-883-2263