Hawaii is famous for being one of the most isolated places on the planet. We’re right in the middle of the vast pacific ocean, acting a bit like a bridge between the east and the west. To conceive of our new collection, we didn’t need to go any farther than our local farmers market to find inspiration. Whether it was brought here by the ancient Polynesian settlers as a canoe plant, or as a commodity by traders from the East and West, each ingredient comes with its own unique story and relevancy to Hawaii’s society and cuisine. This set is a celebration of classic Hawaii flavors married with the finest cacao, providing a one-of-a-kind taste experience. Each flavor tells a story of our history and connects our taste buds to the paradise that is home.
About the Artist: Star Tuiasoa of Punk Aloha Studio
Shar was born and raised in Kailua, O'ahu. When we decided to collaborate with a local artist for this collection, Punky Aloha was at the forefront of our minds. Her art's bright color, bold lines and beautiful Polynesian influence made her an exception compliment to this collection of exciting Hawai'i inspired flavors. Shar's ability to authentically capture the beauty and vibrancy of our home's culture, scenery and people is garnering her international attention.
In 2010, while studying at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dylan Butterbaugh made a friend who was researching the potential success of growing cacao in Hawaii. Shortly after, Dylan spent six months in labs at the College of Tropical Agriculture learning the processes that turn the fruit into chocolate. When the chocolate industry in Hawaii began to emerge, he identified a need for local processors and launched Manoa Chocolate.
Mānoa Chocolate is a bean-to-bar chocolate factory focused on producing quality dark chocolate in Kailua, O‘ahu. Since 2010, their goal is to showcase the unique flavors and characteristics of cacao through direct trade of single origin beans from around the world and across the Hawaiian Islands.