Our Mission is Growing the

Local Cacao Industry

The mission and goal of the Kona Cacao Association is to promote the cacao industry on the Big Island of Hawaii by presenting the Big Island Chocolate Festival as an educational and outreach opportunity for local cacao farmers, the hospitality industry and cacao enthusiasts.

Beyond creating, implementing and promoting the Big Island Chocolate Festival, the Kona Cacao Association will work with cacao growers, producers, chocolate enthusiasts and chefs to help create a recognizable brand for Hawaii Island Chocolate.

We will work together towards creating a structure to maintain the quality of cacao grown, marketed and shipped from Hawaii for the future growth of this fledging industry. By joining together, KCA members can create opportunities that will help everyone involved in the cacao industry on the Big Island of Hawaii.

 

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Join the KCA

By joining together, KCA members can create opportunities that will help everyone involved in the cacao industry on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Join us as we journey towards creating an internationally recognized brand of cacao and chocolate products that are guaranteed sustainable, fair trade and high quality.

The Future of Cacao

Farsheed Bonakdar, president of the Kona Cacao Association and owner of The Cocao Outlet said,  “There’s a huge demand for Hawaii chocolate — even Jacques Torres came and saw the beans and said we have really something great going on here."

Giving Back: $17,500 Donated to Four Beneficiaries

KONA, HAWAI‘I ISLAND—Proceeds totaling $17,500 from the 2017 Big Island Chocolate Festival (BICF) were awarded to four local organizations at the event’s recent volunteer appreciation celebration.