And to add a sweet touch to your Oahu trip, take a tour of the Manoa Chocolate Factory. Manoa means “thick, solid, vast, depth” which reflects the chocolate they make. Manoa Chocolate Hawaii is a bean-to-bar artisan chocolate company crafting quality chocolate in Kailua. Hawaii is the only state that grows the cocoa tree. The tour starts with Tamara who gives visitors an informative overview of the chocolate making process from growing and harvesting to packaging. Then meet Dylan, the chocolate maker, for a walk through the chocolate-making process.
Dylan explaines that it is all in the beans and he chooses only the finest beans, many of which are grown in the Hawaiian Islands but the small private cocoa farms are rather new so he sometimes has to import beans - “only the finest”- of course. He created his own gizmo to remove the shucks that included a back vibrator and vacuum cleaner plus other pieces which was originally powered by a small bicycle. Now it is electric powered.
Manoa Chocolate Hawaii is a bean-to-bar artisan chocolate company crafting quality chocolate not far from Honolulu. They produce their high quality product with a minimum of waste. The shucks are sold to make chocolate tea. All their packaging is bio-degradable. Their aim is to provide a profit potential for the local farmers and they only employ local people. A great product doing great things. Truly a ‘sweet’ thing. For more information check Manoachocolate.com.