Maui chocolate tour table talk
Maui chocolate tour table talk

Aloha and welcome to the Maui Chocolate Tour and Workshop, as seen on the Travel Channel (Island Explorers Mastering Maui episode). Our small demonstration farm and cacao education center is located in Huelo, near the beginning of the Road to Hana, and 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 approximately one 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 and Workshop is approximately two hours, and during it 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 workshops are led by Ann Tuomela and Kathy Tobin. Ann has been extensively involved in the cheese and wine industry doing catering and tastings. Her love of food has led her to the complexities of chocolate. She is assisted by Kathy who has served in the tourism industry. The workshop content was developed by Melanie Boudar, a Master Chocolatier who started Sweet Pardise Chocolatier in Wailea, co-owns The Art of Chocolate /Cacao Santa Fe in New Mexico and serves on the board of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association.

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. The farm is organic and we ask that you apply any bug spray prior to arriving.

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
We are located near the beginning of the road to Hana in the Twin Falls area. 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/Workshop Times
Our tours currently run on Thursdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. or 1 p.m. and are approximately two hours long. Please arrive no more than 15 minutes early. If we do not have at least four people on a scheduled tour, we may cancel it and refund your money. We will call and email you if we need to cancel for any reason.

Tour Prices
Tour prices are $59 per adult.
$49 for ages 13-17.
Children 12 and under are $25.
It is possible to arrange a private tour for 8 or more people on an alternate day. Please contact us to discuss.

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