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Big Island Chocolate Festival – A Sweet Event Not to Miss

If you’re staying at Mauna Lani Point in Hawaii this month, then you’re in luck: The Big Island Chocolate Festival is taking place at the end of the month, and it’s an event you can’t miss! Here’s everything you need to know to attend this tasty event!

About the Big Island Chocolate Festival

The Big Island Chocolate Festival is presented by the Kona Cacao Association, Inc: The purpose is to promote the cacao industry in Hawaii. This event is a great outreach and educational opportunity for local cacao farmers in the area, and, well, pretty much anyone who likes chocolate.

Events You Can’t Miss

The festival isn’t just a good excuse to eat chocolate. It’s a great place to learn more about how chocolate is made – how it is grown, harvested, and made into decadent desserts. Here are a few of our favorite events:

Cacao Plantation Tour: April 28th, 11:00am – 12pm

Most of us don’t realize that chocolate grows on trees. You’ll learn all about how cacao is grown and harvested at the cacao plantation tour, which takes place at The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory. This is the first company to grow, hand-pick, sun-dry, and process Hawaii’s cocoa beans into chocolate. You’ll be able to walk through the orchard, and tour the factory. This “tree to bar” factory is truly a treat to tour.

Chocolate Culinary Demonstrationa: April 29th, 9:30am – 2pm

Now that you’ve learned how cacao is grown and turned into chocolate as we know it, learn how chefs turn it into the decadent desserts we know and love. The first session is “Small Chocolate Bites” by Donald Wressel (an execute pastry chef at Guittard Chocolate Company). During this demonstration, you’ll learn about and get to taste three mini-chocolate desserts. The second demonstration is “Chocolate Crystallization & Tempering,” by Alicia Boada (the West Coast Technical Advisor for Barry Callebaut Chocolate). In this demonstration, you’ll learn what’s happening in the contemporary pastry and chocolate world. The final demonstration is “Creating a Artistic Chocolate Showpiece,” by Stephane Treand, (of The Pastry School). Yu’ll learn how to add flair to any of your chocolate creations at home.

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Big Island Chocolate Festival

Enjoy a Magical Day of Everything Chocolate June 7-8, 2012


Big Island Chocolate Festival
Big Island Chocolate Festival


Experience chocolate in a place where it is grown, processed, celebrated and enjoyed! The Big Island of Hawaii!


Chocolate and Wine pairing

Thursday, June 7, 2012 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Mr. Chocolate, Jacques Torres, will lead the World Class Chocolate and Wine pairing

Tickets are $100 each, and a total of only 40 tickets will be sold.


Order Tickets for the Chocolate & Wine Pairing with Jacques Torres


Chocolate Festival Evening Gala

Friday, June 8, 2012 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM


  • 5:30 PM – VIP access, Blessing by Kumu Keala Ching, and Chefs ready for presentation
  • 5:45 PM – Judging begin
  • 6:00 PM – Doors Open and the fun begins! Welcome!
  • 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Music by Cyril Pahinui
  • 7:00 PM – Welcome and acknowledgments by Farsheed Bonakdar, President of Kona Cacao Association
  • 7:10 PM to 7:30 PM – Live auction by Dick Hershberger
  • 7:30 PM – First silent auction table closes
  • 7:45 PM – Second silent auction table closes
  • 8:00 PM – Third table closes (Silent auction ends)
  • 8:00 PM – Chef Competition Awards Announced – Chocolate judging by both professional chefs and the public attendees
  • 8:15 PM to 10 PM – Dancing with Salsa Latinos
  • 10:00 PM – 2012 Big Island Chocolate Festival closes


Tasty & Educational Symposiums

Friday, June 8, 2012 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM


  • 11:00 to 12:00 Noon “Bean to Bar” with Tom Sharkey
  • 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM “Cacao History and Aztec Beverages” with Madre Chocolate co-founders David Elliott and Nat Bletter
  • 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM “Chocolate Cocktails” presented by Four Seasons Resort Mixologist


Tickets Buy Now!

  • Evening Gala $75 ($85 at the door)
  • Chocolate & Wine Pairing $100
  • Symposiums $75 
  • Original Hawaiian Chocolate Farm Tour $12

Visit the website for more information


Keiki Earth Day – April 28, 2012

In observation of Earth Day, Baby Awareness will be having make-and-take craft activities for all families, along with handmade goods, and sing-alongs and music-making with Uncle Wayne as well as local duo Lea and Jeff. The keiki will be exploring a mini farmers market, where they will learn to make their own smoothies. Keiki Earth Day will also have local pop-up shops, including Mamanu, Pulu Organics, Wimini Hawaii, Jolie and Jane, Puka Revival and Death by Scrapbooking.

Adults will also be given Earth Day activities too. There will be education sessions on cloth diapering, baby wearing/sling techniques. To celebrate Keiki Earth Day, all Baby Awearness purchases will receive a 10% discount and BAX purchases are 25% off. Come to Baby Awearness to join the celebration of our planet, children and living green.

For more information on Keiki Earth Day  please call 808-988-0010 or visit http://www.babyawearness.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=164&Itemid=181.
Event Details:

Who: Baby Awearness

What: Keiki Earth Day

When: Saturday, April 28, 2012 10:00-2:00 pm

Where: Baby Awearness & Manoa Marketplace Shopping Center

2752 Woodlawn Ave. Suite 209, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

2nd Floor of Manoa Marketplace