The Maui Ku‘ia Estate Chocolate Factory is the largest chocolate factory in the state of Hawai‘i.
Our Factory features the
Ku‘ia Retail Store with a chocolate tasting bar, plus delicious made-to-order chocolate drinks and grab-and-go desserts. The 9,722-square-foot facility also houses a second floor open-air Ku‘ia Pavilion, where guests can take in 360-degree views of the ocean and neighbor islands, plus sweeping views of the West Maui Mountains—home to our Lahaina cacao farm. It is the perfect place to enjoy a chocolate milkshake!
The environmentally-friendly factory is 100% solar powered by 300 kW of solar panels, supported by 1050 kWh of Tesla batteries, and a 200 kW standby generator, making it the 2nd largest off-grid commercial facility in Maui. Our goal, between the chocolate factory and the farm, is to have a negative carbon footprint.
Each of these Ball Mills is filled with 500 kg of steel ball bearings. Pre-refined cacao nibs, cocoa butter, and sugar go into the Mill on the left, which is dedicated to making our Dark Chocolate (Kosher Pareve, Vegan, Gluten Free, and completely free of allergens). Pre-refined cacao nib, cocoa butter, sugar, and roller dried milk power to into the Mill on the right, which is dedicated to our Dark Milk Chocolate (Gluten Free and Kosher Dairy).
The cacao dehydrator and roaster processes 70 kg of cacao beans in 30 minutes. The roast brings out subtle flavors in the cacao beans and reduces the moisture of the beans to less than one-percent. This makes it easier to mechanically winnow or remove the outer shell from the cacao nib, which is the next step in the chocolate making process.
The open-air Ku'ia Pavilion boasts panoramic views of the island from the West Maui Mountains all the way over to Maui's South Side. With unobstructed views of Hawaii's warm waters, it serves as the perfect spot to view the sunset over Moloka'i, Lana'i, and Kaho'olawe.
During normal Retail Store hours, the space serves as a relaxing spot to sit and enjoy a Ku'ia chocolate treat. The space can also be transformed for private parties and events! If you would like to inquire about a private event, please contact us here.