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Hawaii cacao growers recognized at Salon du Chocolat in Paris


    Samples from Nine Fine Mynahs Estates show the process of turning a cacao pod into chocolate. A cacao pod just picked, left, is cut open to reveal the beans inside. Once dried, the beans are roasted and blended with other ingredients to make a finished chocolate. Nine Mynahs’ chocolate won an international prize at the Cocoa of Excellence competition in Paris last month.


    Crew members ​at a Lahaina farm​ taking part in a University of Hawaii program to develop the cacao industry are Andy Baltonado, left, Daniel O’Doherty, ​David McPherson and Palani Wright.


    Bruce Clements and Jeanne Bennett founded Nine Fine Mynahs Estates on 5 acres of land in Waialua, starting with 610 seedlings from the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center. Their trees are now 12 feet tall.

The odds of chocolate beans grown in Hawaii winning international acclaim were as unlikely as the first Jamaican bobsled team having a good run in the 1988 Winter Olympics. But two Hawaii teams did just that at the global Salon du Chocolat in Paris. Read more

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