Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. with a climate appropriate for commercially cultivating the tropical fruit tree (Theobroma Cacao). Not only could making chocolate in Hawaii from Hawaiian grown cacao be a sustainable business, but it has the potential to generate an industry. The prospect of sparking an agricultural movement, from which you can create quality, value added products like chocolate is what kickstarted me on this journey. Mānoa's mission and passion for chocolate making to this day is rooted in this initial vision.
We started as college students with no money and bootstrapped our business with ingenuity and determination. Some of our original pieces of equipment involved a barbecue to roast and a tricycle-powered winnower to separate the cacao shells from the nibs! Now, after over a decade in business, we have grown to be one of the largest craft chocolate makers in the United States. Our Hawaiian grown chocolate bars have won multiple international awards, and cacao agroforestry in Hawaii continues to grow year after year. Each bar has been crafted from ethically sourced cacao and the highest quality ingredients. We hope you enjoy the experience, whether it’s from a retail store in your area, our online store, or in-person at our O'ahu based Chocolate Factory.