Organic Cacao Farm Tour & Tasting
Tour our permaculture farm and learn how we make honey-sweetened chocolate.
- 1 hr 30 min1 hour 30 minutes
- From 20 US dollarsFrom $20
- Kulike Farm
Visit our off-grid, organic permaculture farm with approximately 400 cacao trees and many other tropical fruits grown in several permaculture styles including mixed and conventional orchard, food forest, and hugelculture. Kulike Farm is located 20 minutes north of Hilo up a winding, beautiful country road. At the farm tour you will learn all about growing cacao organically – from regenerating the soil, life of the tree and harvesting, fermentation and drying, to processing into two-ingredient chocolate. Hakalau Chocolate is unique among chocolate-makers in that we use only honey for a sweetener, so our chocolate is 100% local, no imported ingredients. We also use only locally grown fruits and spices for flavors, including our own cinnamon, Hawaii hot chile pepper, and macadamia nuts, all of which you will be able to sample, along with seasonally available treats such as cacao nectar and dried apple bananas. We have a minimum of $80 per tour so we need to have two people booked. If you would like a private tour we can arrange for extra payment when you are here, and cater the tour exactly to your interests. Directions will be emailed to you once you have registered. Note that we are off the beaten path, 10 minutes up a winding, narrow paved road with some areas of limited visibility. It is a beautiful drive but you should be comfortable with pulling onto the grass as you drive uphill to let cars coming down the hill pass. Children under three are free. The tour is long for a toddler, however! We do offer farm tours that would be better geared for little kids, including a little information on cacao trees and chocolate-making, visiting chickens, feeding tortoises and a bunny, optionally to the waterfall as well. (We haven not added that to our on-line scheduling yet so contact us if interested.) Tour is rain or shine, and it rains here a lot so just in case, please bring rain gear or an umbrella. We also do have extra umbrellas. Please wear walking shoes as we will be walking up a small hill, which can be slippery. If you are doing the farm tour including waterfall and chickens, please also bring a hat, water, and if you wish, sunscreen and mosquito repellant. If you are staying at our Airbnb (Forest Hale), tour rate is reduced to $45 for whole group. Extra purchases: To buy chocolates and other farm foods, we take cash, Venmo, Paypal, and checks, but we do not have a way to take credit cards.
To cancel or reschedule, please contact us at least one day in advice.
Kulike Farm, Kulike Place, Hakalau, HI, USA