Kailua is King of Hawaiian Chocolate

Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I'm currently researching and writing volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate". Volume I was published in September, 2013.

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  1. Patti Morrow says:

    Chocolate… it’s what’s for breakfast. The Manoa Breakfast Bars sound like they are custom-made just for me. And what could be a better combination than chocolate and Hawaii? Book me on the next flight out to Oahu!
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  2. I love small, local chocolatiers- heck, I love any chocolate as long as it’s dark and made from great ingredients. Thanks for sharing these, Doreen.
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  3. Nancie says:

    I have not had the pleasure of trying any of this chocolate. However, I am tempted to check the bank account, and then book the first flight out. I want one of everything!!

    • Doreen

      Right on, Nancie, Patti, and Billie! Wish I could be on that plane with you and we could all head down for a Hawaiian Chocolatour. That will definitely be in the works in the future.

      Something I’ll add to the post by adendum is that the Big Island Chocolate Fest is taking place May 2nd and 3rd in Kona. How I’d love to be there for that!

      Thx for stopping by the blog.
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  4. Donna Janke says:

    It’s interesting to find three great chocolate makers in Kailua. All sound wonderful. Definitely worth a trip outside Honolulu.

  5. Mahalo for demonstrating one more reason to visit Oahu, Doreen. Sun, sea and – chocolate. That gets an enthusiastic ‘Aloha!’ from me
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  6. I love going along with you on your chocolate travels. I knew about the Kona coffee festival, which I think is going on right now, but I didn’t know about the chocolate festival!
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  7. You had me salivating at the breakfast bars. They sound quite yummy!
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  8. Patti says:

    Hhmmm…. maker of chocolate, maybe that should be my next career choice! Your posts always leave me with a strange craving for chocolate. I’m not sure why?!
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  9. Dom says:

    I’m off to Hawaii tomorrow and well be visiting all of the above! Really looking forward to the festival at the Fairmont too!
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  10. Jo says:

    It would never occur to me that Hawaii would be a mecca for fine chocolate – and so close to Honolulu too. Puts all those boxes of cheap macadamia chocolates in souvenir shops to shame as a “chocolate souvenir”. Regardless of where I’m travelling I love the idea of local food, made with love.
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    • Doreen

      Hi Jo and thanks for your comment. I love macadamia nuts, so don’t discount them. But I must tell you that the macadamia nuts coated in a thin layer of toffee, and then rolled in powdered Hawaii-grown milk chocolate made by Big Island Candies are one of the finest chocolate treat I’ve ever encountered. 3 days and I’ve eaten the entire can. You definitely can’t beat locally grown and artisan made for taste and quality.
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  11. David Ryan says:

    I’ve been to Kokolani Chocolates once. Absolutely loved the place!

  12. Cheryl

    I have not been to Hawaii, though it is on my bucket list. Perhaps you can share some of that lovely chocolate with your readers? Yeah, I mean me. LOL So glad to hear that Hawaii also has some great chocolate makers!
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  13. Catarina says:

    Imagine three chocolatiers in such a small place.

    Mentioned what you do at a dinner party recently and it seems there are Swedes that have started writing about chocolate as well. Interesting how the web makes us find out more about what we love and eat.
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    • Doreen

      Hi Catarina: Yes there are people who write about chocolate all over the world. The thing that makes me different than others is that I am focusing on chocolate travel. i.e. trying to encourage people to travel to new and different places with chocolate in mind. But yes, the web has really opened up the world to us, hasn’t it?
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  14. I always travel with chocolate in mind and in hand! How fun to be a chocolate travel expert. Next time I visit Kailua I will think chocolate! Mahalo.
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