Festival Schedule & FAQs

WEDS EVENTS - May 11, 2022

Weds - Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory Plantation Farm Tour
  • When is the tour? 11 am, $25
  • Where is the tour? At the OHCF farm in Keauhou, near Kona town. Click here for the directions.
  • Does the tour start at The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. No. It starts and ends at the OHCF farm.
  • How do I book the tour?  Click our online tickets page and look for the tour.

FRIDAY EVENTS - May 13, 2022

Friday - Cacao Farm Seminars & Chef Culinary Demonstrations
  • When and where are the educational cacao farm seminars? The two farming seminars are held at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. You can see the schedule here.
  • What time do they start? 1 pm
  • How do I buy Tickets?  https://bigislandchocolatefestival.com/tickets/ 
  • Do I have to attend all four seminars? No,  you may attend whichever you like. The ticket is $79 for ALL FOUR seminars on Friday in advance and includes lunch, or $59 without lunch.
  • If you just want to attend one or two seminars the cost is $30 each that can be paid at the door.

SATURDAY EVENTS - May 14, 2022

Fundraising Gala & Silent Auction
  • What’s the date and time  of the gala? Saturday, May 14, 2022, 5pm - 9pm.
  • Is there only one gala? Yes, on Saturday, May 14, 2022
  • Where will it be held?  Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa ballroom and outside courtyard.
  • What’s the gala attire? It's fun and festive so think party time! 
         Women: Cocktail wear,  flirty dresses, nice pants or shorts, comfortable shoes (part of the event is on grass so be mindful of dressy shoes with heels.
         Men:  Black brings a sophisticated look. Aloha shirts, dress khakis (pants or shorts). No beach sandals or shoes, please.
  • Can I buy a ticket at the event? Yes but we encourage you to purchase online here to make sure it’s not sold out. That ticket price for dinner tickers is $250 at the door so we encourage you to purchase online here. We will have a Drink & Dancing Ticket that will give you access to the event 7-9 pm for $85. This ticket opens late Thursday night.
  • Do you have hotel room packages that include tickets to the gala? Yes and we have limited rooms, so don't wait! You can contact the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa if you need to add anything special to your reservation.
Individual tickets to the gala are available by clicking here.