In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Lonohana Estate Chocolate: Creating world-class chocolate from tree to bar

Sponsored by Hawaii Gas

Lonohana Estate Chocolate is located on the island of Oahu and is the result of two families’ dream to create a vertically integrated chocolate company in the United States. By controlling the entire product cycle, starting with their own Hawaii-grown cacao all the way through crafting small batches of world-class chocolate bars in Honolulu, they hope to share where this beloved food comes from and how it is grown and made.

As well as pure chocolate bars, they produce an ever-changing array of bars that incorporate organic Hawaii-grown inclusions. These vary from coffee, macadamia nuts, cacao nibs, sea salts, fruits and spices. While the list will change based on the season, they always aim for 100% Hawaii-grown ingredients.

Lonohana Estate Chocolate propagated our own cacao seedlings, planted their first trees in 2009, and now farm 14 acres of cacao by hand on the North Shore of Oahu. They harvest the fruit, ferment and dry the beans, then handcraft small batches of chocolate bars every few weeks at their factory in Honolulu. Everything starts in the orchard and then evolves at every step of the production process so that the resulting bars are true expressions of fine Hawaiian chocolate.

Their mission is to discover how the unique and diverse soils, along with the weather and microclimates of Hawaii can grow world-class cacao. Lonohana Estate Chocolate hopes to showcase these different characteristics through their chocolate. They hope to produce the finest quality chocolate possible in a way that focuses on transparency, the environment, farming lifestyle. Due to their size and focus on limited runs of unique bars, they release their chocolate six times per year to members of the Lonohana Chocolate Club.

Lonohana Estate Chocolate is available Monday – Saturday at their new retail location in Salt at Our Kakaako. For farm or factory tours, email or call 808-286-8531.

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