Six fortunate Hawaii non-profits were named by the Kona Cacao Association (KCA) as its 2020 Big Island Chocolate Festival beneficiaries. The organizations — Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture, Friends of the NELHA, Big Island Music & Arts Academy and Kona Dance & Performing Arts, plus the culinary programs at Hawaii Community College Palamanui, Hawai‘i Island High Schools and Maui Community College — will be awarded a portion of the proceeds from the 2019 festival. Last year’s five awardees received $18,000.
The Big Island Chocolate Festival is an annual two-day fundraising event that showcases all things chocolate including cacao farming seminar, chocolate cooking demonstrations, and a splashy gala that features more than 30 food, wine and beer booths.
More than 600 guests attended the two-day festival in 2018, and 2019. We expect 2020 to be another sell-out affair. Three distinct room packages are available, including a Two-Night Chocolate Weekender package. All room packages include a pair of tickets to the Saturday evening gala. Although individual VIP tickets are sold out, they are still available when purchasing a Chocolate Lover’s Room package. General admission gala tickets are $89.
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