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Kahi Ola Mau Farm, Honokaa

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Farm · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Kahi Ola Mau Farm has a rich history in the Big Island Hamakua district town of Honoka'a. Located mauka (towards Mauna Kea) from Honoka'a in an area known as Ahualoa, the 5 acres we call home was first purchased by the sugar plantation doctor sometime in the 1930s or 40s. We are the fourth resident and keeper of this beautiful property and have transformed it into a working farm. Husband and wife team, Mike and Rhonda, are the owners. We love dogs and have three fantastic pups that help us out on the farm: Kimo, Pepper, and Fluffy (aka Fluffberg) are the official greeters. Morty the Muscovy duck and his harem of chickens take care of pest control, and the hens give us fresh eggs daily.

We have over 300 cacao trees, 1000 white pineapple, vanilla orchids, 40-something varieties of exotic/tropical fruit and avocado, coffee, native Hawaiian varieties of sugar cane (Ko), a few hives of honey bees, and lots of other cool stuff. Our farm store operates under a Hawai'i County Agricultural-based Commercial Operation Certification where we sell Hawaiian-grown and value-added products in addition to our own farm products. The store will be open on weekends starting in December of 2017.
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  • Very informative and interesting, delicious chocolate. A little on the expensive side, but enjoyed the personal touch getting to hear from the owner his own background and experiences with getting...  more »
  • Mike's presentation was thoughtful and conscientious and truly interesting. He knows the process involved in growing the cacao tress and can explain the complexity with ease. His vision in making...  more »
  • Really impressed with this cacao farm tour and chocolate tasting that also introduced us to white pineapple. The owner enthusiastically shared all sorts of interesting information, and I have a much better appreciation for chocolate than I did previously. I highly recommend this tour.
  • What an awesome farm and what a great day. Mike (owner) was our guide and he may very well be the most interesting man in the world. The man is a craftsman, a scientist, and an artist all in one smiling humble package. I really appreciated how he tailored the tour to our group and played it up in ways that our kids (7&9) had a great time. I learned a great deal about white pineapple and chocolate and a love of all things green and growing. A couple fun facts: Minimizing processing of the coco beans is what allows the local specific fruity and nutty notes to shine through. White pineapple has less acidity than traditional yellow which makes them incredibly awesome but they also don't keep as long hence it's pretty much an "island only" delicacy. Tour ended with samples of chocolate, tea, and white pineapple frosty which might as well be ice cream made from a single ingredient. Wow, wow, wow! It was very much a wine tasting like experience (but family friendly) complete with instructions on how to the let the chocolate melt in your mouth and where to pay attention to the sequencing of flavors. Bonus: I couldn't believe Mike hand-built the canoe hanging above the tasting area. Like I said, an incredible experience hosted by the most interesting man in the world. This farm has great things in store, I can't wait to see what Mike does next.

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