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The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory

78-6772 Makenawai St, Driveway on Kahoolele St, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-8958
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Highly recommend!

I know you’re in Hawaii and beaches are the thing to do. But you need to take a break from the sand... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
smb4x4
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Richmond, VA
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Great Chocolate!!!

Great Tour!!! Bob did an excellent job explaining the process of making the chocolate. So nice... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
hasnomaster
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Fort Worth, Texas
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From our factory on the slopes of Hualalai Mountain's bountiful Kona region on the Island of Hawaii comes the one and only Original Hawaiian Chocolate(R). We are the first to grow, hand-pick, sun-dry and process only Hawaiian grown cocoa beans, non-blended to assure purity and quality. The result is a delicious single-origin Hawaiian chocolate of distinctive texture and taste. The OHCF farm and factory tours are offered Wednesday mornings at 9:00am and Friday mornings at 9:00am. It is a one-hour walking tour of the orchard and factory and of course, includes chocolate sampling! Bob conducts an educational tour ... it's full of information about every step in the chocolate making process, from growing the trees to molding each handmade delicious bar. Please go online to book your tour for Wednesday or Friday. Chocolate Shoppe is open Tuesday through Friday 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Chocolate is Aloha!
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78-6772 Makenawai St, Driveway on Kahoolele St, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-8958
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I know you’re in Hawaii and beaches are the thing to do. But you need to take a break from the sand and sun to visit this farm. The staff is amazing and it was fascinating to learn about the chocolate making process including growing...More

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Mahalo for taking time from the sun and sea to come up to lush, green Keauhou for a visit with us. We're glad you found the info worthwhile and the chocolate tasty! Isn't it amazing what we grow to turn into chocolate? We think so!...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Great Tour!!! Bob did an excellent job explaining the process of making the chocolate. So nice and down the earth!! The chocolate was great!! Ron and Steve helped us ship our chocolate home. Actually recommended some local places to eat...which were the best! Greatly appreciated!!...More

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the detailed review-we appreciate it! Glad your experience with us and the suggested area restaurants were to your liking....we aim to please! Big Island mo bettta...LOL. Chocolate is Aloha!®

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This hidden treasure is a must do while on the big island. Learning. what it takes to get to the coco bean is fascinating. The video on the process is great! Our host Steve was knowledgeable, friendly entertaining and made us feel like we were...More

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Mahalo for coming by The Chocolate Shoppe to see the video and find out what we are all about. We think Steve is a great guy too! Enjoy your chocolate and vacation!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very informative and the best part is that you get to try the different types of chocolate.We learnt alot about all the stages of making chocolate and now understand why it can be on the higher price range.

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Mahalo for taking the time to weigh in about your visit. Yes, when you are growing the cacao, processing it and making the chocolate, it's triple the fun! We do the entire tree-to-bar process to be Made in the USA! Chocolate is Aloha!®

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everything you wanted to know about how chocolate was made with delicious samples. Price for the tour was reasonable and very nice people!

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Mahalo for letting us know how you liked the tour—it's great to get feedback on how we're doing as well as our pricing. We aim to please.

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

Wonderful tour and lots of information on the whole process of growing cacao and making chocolate. Bob is an excellent speaker. Highly recommend.

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2018

Mahalo Kona Janet for your input—Bob is blushing! Hope to see you again sometime!

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

I love chocolate and this was a great experience to learn about everything. Seeing the cocoa pods and seeds and hearing about how it all becomes my favourite food was just so much fun. The samples were delicious and I can’t wait to start eating...More

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Mahalo for letting us know you found your visit worthwhile and glad you find Original Hawaiian Chocolate "delicious." Hope to hear from you again soon—Chocolate is Aloha!®

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Bob did. Virtually everything you need to know about growing cacao, harvesting and converting the pods to beans to chocolate. Very nice to get out where the trees are and see the cacao growing in their different stages and then the demonstration of what's inside...More

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you AA for your kind words and we're happy you enjoyed going in the orchard and seeing cacao growing...we love it in there! Not many people know all the work that's involved to grow and process the cacao...and that's before it's made into what...More

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Tour begins under a ginormous monkey pod tree with three samples of their three kinds of chocolate while Bob describes what we’re savouring. Next up, under the cacao trees we see their unusual nature. When Bob opens the cacao pod it’s a surprise. Viewing the...More

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Mahalo Barbara for taking a tour and experiencing the fascinating marvels of growing and making chocolate. Now you can answer the question everyone asks...Does chocolate REALLY grow on trees—Ha Ha! Hope to see you again someday!

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

I knew nothing about farming and making chocolate. This short tour was terrific and informative. It was down by one of the founders and owners. Tour group is small. They take you under a monkey pod tree and give you a general introduction, then into...More

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Fern G, Public Relations Manager at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Mahalo Tim for candidly sharing your learning experience—that is our aim with the tour to share the tree to bar story. Hope to see you again—Chocolate is Aloha!®

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Shannon D
5 December 2017|
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Response from Fern G | Property representative |
Aloha, I am with Original Hawaiian Chocolate and happy to answer your question...Yes, you can purchase a gift certificate for the tour and then your recipient can book it at their convenience...kindly phone OHC and they will... More
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Jeremy C
25 June 2017|
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Original Hawaiian Chocolate grows macadamia nuts on their farm but does no processing of nuts on site. There are no nuts in their chocolate bars.
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Cdevoll
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Aloha, it's about an hour.
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