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The annual Big Island Chocolate Festival, happening on April 26-27, 2024, is like a siren call for chocolate lovers near and far! It’s a time when cocoa enthusiasts from all walks of life come together to revel in the sheer deliciousness of chocolate. Skilled chocolatiers and culinary wizards all under one roof, ready to whisk you away on a cocoa-infused adventure. There are a variety of ticket types depending on your budget and what you want from the festival.

A Chocolate Lover’s Paradise

At the heart of the Big Island Chocolate Festival lies a treasure trove of decadent delights waiting to be explored. Imagine sinking your teeth into velvety truffles, savoring silky smooth ganaches, and discovering innovative chocolate-infused dishes and beverages that will tantalize your taste buds like never before. Get ready to sample a diverse selection of chocolates from different regions and producers, each with its own unique flavors and characteristics. 

Pro tip: if someone offers you fresh cacao seeds to try, don’t hesitate—say yes! The pulp surrounding the seed is a delightful surprise.

cocoa pods hanging on a cocoa tree

Culinary Creations

Prepare to be amazed by the creative genius of local chefs who skillfully incorporate chocolate into their culinary masterpieces. From savory dishes with a hint of cocoa to decadent desserts that will make your taste buds sing, every bite is a testament to the versatility of chocolate in the kitchen. Plus, you can join culinary demonstrations and workshops to learn insider tips and tricks from the pros.

Chocolate-Making Workshops

Feeling adventurous? Roll up your sleeves and dive into chocolate-making workshops led by skilled chocolatiers. Learn the secrets of tempering chocolate, molding truffles, and crafting your very own chocolate treats. It’s a hands-on experience that offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the fascinating world of chocolate production.

Beyond the Chocolate

But the Big Island Chocolate Festival is more than just a celebration of chocolate—it’s a platform for education and inspiration. Explore important topics like sustainable cacao farming, environmental conservation, and the cultural significance of chocolate in Hawaiian history and culture through informative presentations, panel discussions, and interactive exhibits.

Sustainable Cacao Farming

Join us in promoting sustainable cacao farming practices that benefit both the environment and the local community. Learn about ethical sourcing, fair trade practices, and organic farming methods that ensure the long-term viability of the cacao industry. Together, we can help preserve the delicate ecosystems that sustain this vital crop.

Environmental Conservation

Raise awareness about the environmental challenges facing the cacao industry, from deforestation to climate change. Discover how initiatives like reforestation projects and carbon offset programs are making a difference and how you can contribute to a more sustainable future for chocolate cultivation.

Cultural Significance

Celebrate the cultural heritage of chocolate in Hawaii through educational exhibits, storytelling sessions, and traditional chocolate-making demonstrations. Gain a deeper appreciation for the rich flavors and traditions that define the island’s culinary identity and savor every moment of this deliciously enlightening experience.

So mark your calendars and get ready to embark on the ultimate chocolate adventure at the Big Island Chocolate Festival. It’s an event not to be missed for chocolate lovers of all ages! 


Q: Can I purchase tickets in advance?

A: Yes, tickets for the Big Island Chocolate Festival are typically available for purchase online in advance of the event. Early booking is recommended, as tickets often sell out quickly.
Get tickets for the festival here

Q: Are there accommodations available for out-of-town attendees?

A: Yes, there are a variety of accommodation options available for attendees traveling from out of town, ranging from luxury resorts to budget-friendly hotels.

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In a Nutshell

The Big Island Chocolate Festival is a tantalizing celebration of all things chocolate, bringing together cacao farmers, chocolatiers, chefs, and chocolate enthusiasts for a truly indulgent experience. From exquisite tastings to hands-on workshops, this festival offers something for everyone to enjoy while promoting sustainable farming practices and celebrating the cultural heritage of chocolate in Hawaii. So, whether you’re a seasoned chocolate connoisseur or just looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, come join us at the Big Island Chocolate Festival, April 26-27, and experience the magic of chocolate like never before!

Keep up on the monthly events in the Kailua-Kona Area

Kona Steel Guitar Festival – April 4-6, 2024

The Kona Steel Guitar Festival takes place at the picturesque Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa in Keauhou, nestled on the Big Island of Hawaii. This vibrant event pays homage to the storied legacy of Hawaiian steel guitar music, offering three days filled with captivating performances by both local talents and acclaimed international artists. From timeless Hawaiian tunes to the vibrant rhythms of jazz and country melodies, the festival showcases the versatility of these distinctive sliding guitars.
For more information check here.

Lavaman Triathlon: April 7th

Sign up now for Lavaman Olympic Distance Triathlon April 7th at Waikoloa Beach resort. Click here for more information and for registration!

2024 Outrigger Big West Men’s Volleyball Championship: April 18-20

The 2024 Outrigger Big West Men’s Volleyball Championship will feature all six Big West squads on the campus of defending champion Hawai’i.

Scene of mountains an open book and a ranger hatNATIONAL PARK FEE-FREE DAY – April 20

1st DAY OF National Park Week. No entry fees to our national parks!

Big Island Chocolate Festival

The annual Big Island Chocolate Festival, on April 26-27, 2024, draws chocolate fans from far and wide to celebrate the delectable world of cocoa. Showcasing the island’s vibrant cacao industry, talented chocolatiers, and culinary experts, this festival is a paradise for those with a sweet tooth and a passion for all things chocolate. Take a look at this article about the Chocolate Festival for more information. 

Ongoing Events

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll: April 21

Once a month, on Alii Drive near the Pier, the street is closed for the Kokua Kailua Village Stroll. From 1-6 pm, the street transforms into a bustling market with local vendors and artists’ booths. Explore the vibrant stalls, shop for unique crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Leashed dogs are also welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the stroll. This event is a perfect opportunity to support local businesses and artists while immersing yourself in the lively spirit of Kailua-Kona.

Free Hawaiian Music and Hula Show

Every Friday at Keauhou Shopping Center, you can enjoy a free Hawaiian music and hula show in the center courtyard from 6-7pm. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Hawai’i as talented musicians and graceful hula dancers take the stage. This weekly event is a fantastic opportunity to experience the beauty and artistry of traditional Hawaiian music and dance.

First Friday After Dark in Holualoa

On the first Friday of every month, the quaint village of Holualoa comes alive with a block party. From 5:30-8:30pm, locals and visitors gather to explore the town’s art galleries and boutiques, listen to live music, and indulge in gourmet “grab and go” food. This festive event is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the local art and culture scene while enjoying the warm hospitality of the community.

Food Truck Fridays

Every Friday 4-8pm you’ll find a mini food truck festival with tastes to satisfy every palate. In the Target Kona parking lot you can feed the whole family with choices of BBQ, Mexican food, Thai food, desserts, and, of course, great coffee!


Visit Queen’s Marketplace for more ongoing events 

Join ukulele lessons, Wednesday hula shows, and outdoor movies every month in the Coronation Pavilion.

Kanikapila Monthly Concert Series: April 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Discover Hawai‘i Island’s best musical talents at Queens’ Marketplace’s Kanikapila Monthly Concert Series sponsored by KWXX, every third Saturday of the month. 

Every Third Saturday of the Month | 6 PM | Coronation Pavilion


More to come in May!

20th Annual Celebration of Life – May 26

This is the Big Island’s largest lantern floating event, Celebration of Life. It is free and open to the public at Reeds Bay in Hilo. Join us to be part of the uplifting, heart-moving event where we will honor our loved ones who have passed in remembrance and reflection of love. There will be live music, Bon Dance and Hula Halau performances, local food trucks and vendors, baked goods sales, and much more. 

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Don’t forget the Big Island Chocolate Festival is this starts tomorrow! If you are looking for some fun and some great chocolate it’s a great idea and you can support local Kona businesses at the same time!

More information: Big Island Chocolate Festival!

Have a wonderful time 🙂

Just a heads up that tickets for a great event are about to go on sale!The Big Island Chocolate Festival will be returning next year on April 26-27. The event takes place at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. Tickets go on sale this November 23rd… not only is it fun but its a great gift idea for all the Island Chocolate Lovers.

Even better proceeds from the event are donated to local charities. The festival is put on by the Kona Cacao Association & you can find more information on their website.