“The Polynesian settlers brought with them mai’a (banana) on their long voyage to Hawaii. It is known as a canoe plant – a crop essential for island living. Not only was mai’a used as sustenance, but as an offering to ali’i (ruling chief), a highly regarded gift, and as medicine for various ailments. Fruit was scarce in ancient Hawaii and banana was one of only a handful available. Shar Tuiasoa of Punky Aloha Studio is the talented local artist behind the cover illustration. Also part of Flavors of Hawaii are the Coconut (Haupia) & Passion Fruit (Liliko’i) bars.'”
Manoa Chocolate Hawaii craft high quality chocolate using sustainable techniques. As well as sourcing quality beans from around the world, they also use cacao grown in Hawaii. Hawaii is the only US state to grow cacao, and the deep flavours reflect the special characteristics of the geography and climate in which it is grown.
Manoa improve the profit potential of local farmers and provide opportunities for employment in the local community. They have created some amazing machines from recycled items – they roast using a custom bbq and remove the cacao shells with pedal power and a vacuum. See more