Chocolate aficionados have another reason for planning a Kauai vacation. Hawaii is the only state that produces its own cacao and has done so for over 150 years. Chocolate farm tours are now offered on Kauai and a delectable treat called Kauai Chocolate can be sampled on the way to Waimea Canyon or before embarking on a Na Pali Coast boat tour.
The good news is that chocolate supports cardiovascular health, but there also needs to be a corresponding increase in activity for it to reach its full benefit. That’s no problem for our Kauai vacation rental guests. Everyone can work off those extra sweet calories in the ocean and on our spectacular Kauai beaches. Guests can also contact our Guest Concierge for suggestions on other Kauai activities and to plan the chocolate farm tours mentioned on today’s Kauai blog.
Kauai Chocolate Retail Store – While their chocolate is from Peter’s in Pennsylvania, the fillings are made here with island flavors like guava and passion fruit. Another popular choice is Opihi and its creamy layer of caramel, macadamia nuts and a bite sized Kauai Kookie drenched in chocolate. Locally owned by Don and Marleen Greer, they have been in business since 2003 and employ students from the local high schools. Stop by for free samples and visit their website to order on-line.
Details: Store address is 4341 Waialo Road near Port Allen. Call 808-335-0448 for more information.
Steelgrass Farm – The Lydgate Family has a 3 hour tour of their 8 acre tropical gardens specializing in vanilla, bamboo and chocolate. You’ll also sample a ripe chocolate pod and then enjoy an 11-course tasting of this sweet delicacy.
Details: Tours are $60 for adults and the farm is located near Kapaa. Call 808-821-1857 for reservations.
Garden Island Chocolate Farm – Located near Kilauea and our Princeville rentals, this highly rated tour is from the makers of Nanea Chocolate Bars. You’ll learn everything from growing, harvesting and processing chocolate. Not to be missed is the sampling of their Hawaiian grown and made chocolate.
Details: Tours are $55 for adults. Call 808-634-6812 for information and visit their website to order on-line.
Favorite Chocolate Quotes – Add Yours In Comments!
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
― Charles M. Schulz
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”
― Linda Grayson
“Your hand and your mouth agreed many years ago that, as far as chocolate is concerned, there is no need to involve your brain.”
― Dave Barry
“What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.”
― Katharine Hepburn