Destination Delicious! Big Island Chocolate Festival at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

By Karen Rose

It’s said that in Heaven, chocolate has no calories and is served as the main course. But at the Big Island Chocolate Festival, chocolate is served for every course, and that’s as close to Paradise as one can get.

Big Island Chocolate Festival Convenes on the Gorgeous Grounds of Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Photo: Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

Photo: Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

On April 26 and 27, 2019 the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel dives into decadence as the sixth Big Island Chocolate Festival delights guests with sweet and savory delicacies sure to tempt and treat every palette. From chef demonstrations, to cacao farm tours, to the grand gala, this event is not only tasty, but educational and entertaining as well.

Photo: Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

Photo: Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

Award-winning chefs and chocolatiers will convene on the grounds of the gorgeous Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on Saturday, April 27 from 5:00-9 p.m. as the indulgence culminates with the much anticipated festival gala. The chefs will be in top form as they showcase their best work and try to woo festivalgoers and capture their votes for top awards.

“Worth Its Weight in Gold”

This year’s theme is “Worth Its Weight in Gold: The History of Chocolate.” According to the Big Island Chocolate Festival website, “Chocolate hails from Meso-America where cacao beans were brewed to make a drink or fermented into an alcoholic beverage. Highly valued, the bean was used as currency. The Mayans and Aztecs believed cacao was divine, including it in rituals. Once fashioned into a bar, chocolate became valued in America. During wartime it was included in soldiers’ rations and went to the moon with the Apollo astronauts.”

Chefs will compete for top prizes in culinary categories such as savory, plated dessert, bon bon, bean-to-bar, Hawaiian cacao and People’s Choice.  

In addition to the chocolaty creations, the gala boasts fine wines, handcrafted ales, cocktails, chocolate body painting, live entertainment, and a silent auction.

Event and Ticket Information for the Big Island Chocolate Festival 2019

General admission tickets to the gala are $85 presale and $100 at the door.

Purchase tickets at To make the deal even sweeter, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is offering special room rates for the event that can be reserved directly on their website at, or calling 888-977-4622. Just mention “Big Island Chocolate Festival Group Rate.”

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