Maui chocolate tour table talk

Aloha and Welcome to Maui Chocolate tour!  Our small farm in Huelo, near the beginning of the Road to Hana grows both vanilla and cacao (chocolate). Hawaii is the only state in the US capable of growing chocolate due to its climate and latitude.

Cacao is a small tropical tree that bears up to 50 pods per year but has low pollination rates.  Each pod has enough cocoa beans inside to make approx 1 bar of chocolate. The beans go through a lengthy process to turn them into chocolate.

Vanilla is an orchid and the flowers must be pollinated in the early morning by hand. Once pollinated, the plant forms long clusters of pods or beans. These take months to mature and must then be cured to make the vanilla bean you are accustomed to seeing in stores or as “seed flecks in ice cream”

Our “Food of the Gods”, Maui Chocolate Tour is an approximately two hour tour, where you will see our cacao trees, learn how they grow, are harvested and processed, and join in “hands on” in the process of grinding roasted cacao beans into edible chocolate. Our tour is fun and educational and suitable for ages seven and up. We guarantee you will be amazed at learning what’s beyond the chocolate wrapper.

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A Guided Tasting
Included in the tour, is a guided tasting where we will try seven unique chocolates, including some of the finest in the world, as well as rare Hawaiian varieties. Many of our guests have found this comparable to a wine tasting.

Our Team
Our tour is run by Sinead Byrne, the chocolatier for Sweet Paradise Chocolate in Wailea. She has been involved in personally caring for the trees since they were sprouted. The tour content was developed by Sinead and Melanie Boudar, who is a master chocolatier, proprietor of Sweet Paradise Chocolate, serves on the board of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association and is a founding member of the of the Heirloom Cacao Initiative.

Rain or Shine
Tours run rain or shine, but if the rain is too intense we may opt to cancel your tour by 8:30 that morning with a phone call. In the event we cancel a tour, you will be refunded.

Important Notes on Safety
Both cacao and vanilla thrive in wet, humid and buggy conditions, so be prepared to experience any of these, as well as intense sun depending on the time of year. Winters in Hawaii tend to be the wetter months. This is a working farm and safety is our first concern. Please wear sturdy sneakers you don’t mind getting muddy, a long sleeve shirt over your tank top or T shirt (white repels mosquitoes best) and an umbrella and bug spray will make your adventure more comfortable.

Shoes are Required
** Sorry no flip flops or sandals allowed, and without proper foot-ware you will not be able to take part in the tour. So, remember to wear closed toe shoes.

Driving Directions
Driving directions will be given after booking, but plan on at least 1 hr 20 min from Lahaina/ Kaanapali or Wailea.

Phone Reception
Please note the farm is in a very rural area, and cell reception there is very weak to non-existent, so please write down the directions, as we may not be able to receive calls.

Tour Times
Tours run Thursday’s and Sunday’s only, and start promptly at 10:00 am and run until noon. Tours are limited to no more than 12 people to insure a quality experience.

Tour Prices
Tour prices are $69 per adult.
$49 for ages 13-17.
Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult per child.

Tour Reviews
If you would like to see what other visitors have said about our tour, please see our many positive reviews on Trip Adviser.

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Tour Reservations
Tour dates and sizes are limited, so book now to ensure your reservation.