Getting Started with Cacao – Webinar

Skill Up!

Getting Started With Cacao

Thursday, June 18th 3:00 pm HST

Pro tips in orchard establishment.

A “How To” and conversation with award-winning growers sharing their key lessons learned, as well as the trials and tribulations of establishing cacao in diverse growing regions, from Hawaiʻi island to Kauaʻi. 

This is a two-part event, featuring our newly released video “How To Start a Cacao Orchard in Hawaiʻi”, detailing the materials and best practices to establish a successful orchard. It works best to view the video first and then check out our webinar panel discussion with leading growers working to grow Hawaii’s promising tree-to-bar chocolate industry. The webinar component includes a Q&A session and provide insights into site specific challenges growers have faced during establishment in different regions in Hawaiʻi.

This “Skill-up!” session offers a valuable opportunity to get ahead of the curve and avoid costly mistakes during the start-up phase, relevant to new and prospective growers at any scale.

Webinar – Getting Started with Cacao



Colin Hart

Farm Manager
Manoa Chocolate Hawaii
Hawaii Chocolate & Cacao Association

Colin Hart was born and raised on Hawaii Island, and helped his family plant their first cacao orchard in 2006 on the Hamakua Coast. He received a Bachelor’s degree in tropical agriculture at UH Hilo in 2016, and his Masters degree at UH Manoa in 2019, where he conducted research on post- harvest processing of cacao. He is currently the farm manager for Manoa Chocolate Hawaii, and is a board member for the Hawaii Chocolate & Cacao Association.


Dave Elliott
Dave Elliott

Executive Director
Oahu RC&D

Maria Carl

Hawaii Chocolate & Cacao Association

21 Degrees Estate

Thursday, June 18th 3:00 pm HST


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