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Organic Cacao Farm Tour & Tasting

Tour our permaculture farm and learn how we make honey-sweetened chocolate.

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • From 20 US dollars
  • Kulike Farm

Service Description

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 use only locally grown fruits and spices for flavors, including our own cinnamon, Hawaii hot chili pepper, and macadamia nuts. You will get to sample all of these chocolate flavors and more, along with cacao-hull-spice tea and seasonally ripe fruits including cacao nectar, dried apple bananas, coconuts we open up for you to drink, and macadamia nuts. We have a minimum of $80 per tour so we need to have two people booked. If you would like a private tour, or a tour at a different time, just contact us and we can work it out, arrange for payment, 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 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; we also do have umbrellas. Please wear walking shoes as we will be walking up a small hill, which can be slippery. You may also wish to bring a hat, 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.

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

To cancel or reschedule, please contact us at least one day in advice.

Contact Details

  • Kulike Farm, Kulike Place, Hakalau, HI, USA

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