Mauna Kea Cacao | Go Hawaii

Mauna Kea Cacao


Explore and taste chocolate at our award-winning cacao farm near Hilo. See 1800 cacao trees, learn how we ferment and dry cacao beans, and view DIY chocolate making equipment. Then enjoy craft chocolate from our cacao made by multiple artisans. Tours are Thursdays (English) or Wednesdays (Japanese).

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Harvested cacao pods. Cacao Tree with Ripe Pods Tour Group Walking to Cacao Orchard Cacao beans drying in the sun at Mauna Kea Cacao. Mauna Kea Cacao won "Best Cacao" award at the Big Island Chocolate Festival.


Tour Mauna Kea Cacao's award-winning cacao farm and taste Hawaiian cacao and chocolate. You'll see a working cacao farm with 1,800 cacao trees and learn how cacao is grown, harvested, fermented and dried. View our micro-batch chocolate making equipment. Then taste Mauna Kea Cacao's craft chocolate and compare it to chocolate made from our cacao by other premier bean-to-bar artisans. The tour includes a 1/2-mile walk to the orchard with several stops along the way to see post-harvest processing areas. Crack open a cacao pod and taste fresh cacao (an amazing on-the-farm experience)! Learn what makes Hawaiian cacao and chocolate uniquely wonderful. The tour and chocolate tasting last approximately 90 minutes. Mauna Kea Cacao is located on the beautiful Hamakua Coast about 8 miles north of Hilo. The farm is on a paved road, 1 mile off of Highway 19 between the north end of the 4-Mile Scenic Route and Akaka Falls. Add a "chocolate stop" to your Hamakua Coast adventure. Tours are on Thursdays at 10 and 1. Reservations are required and must be purchased 24 hours in advance. Due to COVID-19, space is limited to one family/friend group of up to six people.