Big Island Chocolate Festival Schedule of Seminars/Demonstrations and Cacao Plantation Tour

Each year the Kona Cacao Association reaches out to professional cacao educators asking them to provide unique and helpful information to our local cacao farmers and producers. We also work to bring in professional chefs and chocolatiers to hold culinary demonstrations for the public to increase their skills and knowledge of cooking with chocolate. This year we have an excellent line …

2016 Big Island Chocolate Festival Culinary Participants

We have come a long way over the past five years as we grow the Big Island Chocolate Festival! Our reputation as a professional culinary event where the invited chefs, chocolatiers and restaurants are judged by some of the top pastry chefs in Hawaii and beyond has garnered attention among the top culinarians in Hawaii. We are delighted to announce the participants of the 2016 …

Big Island Chocolate Festival Seeks Culinary Participants

The fifth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival is looking for culinary participants to share sweet and savory tastes to attendees at the event’s gala on Saturday, May 14 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel from 5-9 pm. Participating chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners can enter the free culinary competition, vying in a variety of “best” judged categories: bonbon, savory, bean-to-bar, plated …

2016 Big Island Chocolate Festival Salutes Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Centennial

With the theme, “Lavalicious-A Chocolate Salute to the 100th Birthday of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park” the fifth annual 2016 Big Island Chocolate Festival is May 13-14 with events headquartered from the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Indulge in the alluring, rich taste of chocolate—in both its sweet and savory forms—while participating in a host of delicious, fun and informative chocolate-themed activities. The …

Chocolate Festival Tickets and Holiday Room Packages Available Now!

The Fifth Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival Gala, being held from 5:30-9 pm on Saturday May 14th,  blends three events into one decadent evening! A professional  food competition judged by celebrity chefs, a fundraiser to benefit the Kona Kohala Chef’s Association scholarship program for local culinary college students and enrichment programs for the Kona Pacific Public Charter School, and a …

$10,000 Presented To Big Island Chocolate Festival Beneficiaries

  On Friday June 19th, the Kona Cacao Association presented two $5000 checks to the beneficiaries of the 2015 Big Island Chocolate Festival. Accepting the check on behalf of the Kona Pacific Public Charter School was Shaheer Faltas, the new Head of School. The funds will go towards equipping the new commercial kitchen/cafeteria being built on the Kealekekua school campus …

2015 Big Island Chocolate Festival in Photos

The Big Island Chocolate Festival is over for another year, but the sweet memories can be found here to savor! Thanks to all the resorts, restaurants, chefs, culinarians, students, sponsors and volunteers who made the Festival a tremendous success!

Big Island Chocolate Festival Names 2015 Winners

Culinary entries from across the state were tapped winners at last night’s Big Island Chocolate Festival. Chefs, chocolatiers and students were critiqued on taste, texture, appearance and creativity by a team of celebrity judges during the three-day festival. Event host The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i was cited in three categories for best plated dessert, bean to bar and the People’s Choice …