Kim Pemberton of Winnipeg Free Press recently came to our beautiful island of Maui, and graciously included us as one of the "must do" activities on the island.
"Maui Ku’ia Estate Chocolate is opening a factory in Lahaina — Maui’s only farm to bar chocolate factory with 100 per cent of the net profits going to Maui charities. Tours of the factory will soon be available, that end with a visit to rooftop terrace, with sweeping views of the West Maui Mountains, the ocean and neighbouring islands. Be sure to stop in at the retail store to try the chocolate tasting bar. While the bulk of their coffee beans are being imported from the Amazon the long term plan is to grow the cacao bean locally. A former sugarcane plantation, nearby, has been transformed to provide ideal conditions for the growing of cacao and already some of the trees, first planted in 2015, have been harvested. You can order chocolate online now or visit mauichocolate.com for more information about the factory."
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Hawaii’s products topped more than 200 other entrants at the international Cocoa of Excellence Awards on Tuesday evening.