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West Hawaii Community Club makes tour of Chocolate Factory & Keauhou Beach

September 12, 2011

Click any photo to enlarge.  Photo’s taken by Eunice Saito

On Friday, September 9, 20 retirees from the West Hawaii-Community Club participated in an educational  outing to the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory.  A “bonus” trip to the Keauhou Beach Hotel before the chocolate tour was added at the last minute when our tour was moved back to 10:30.  Club President, Jo Ann Iwane, made a quick call to Dr. Darlene Martin, director of Education for Kamehameha Investment Corporation who met us at the hotel to give us a tour of the ongoing restoration effort  in the keauhou/Kahalu’u area.  Retirees were given access to the very top of the hotel to get a complete view of the project. 

 “It was an eye-opening experience.  Mahalo to Darlene and her boss, Dr. Greg Chun for taking us on such short notice!,” Iwane said.

 The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory Tour followed at 10:30. 

 “We sampled their delicious chocolate and were given an informative tour by the owner, Bob Cooper.  We learned a lot about how chocolate is grown and produced right here in Kona.  Many of us bought our own supply of chocolate at their gift shop,” Iwane said..

 Lunch followed at Habanero’s Mexican Restaurant at the Keauhou Shopping Center.  The next WH-CC outing will be on Friday, December 9th. at 10:00, a Christmas Floral Arrangement Class, at Kathy Staton’s residence.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Niyati Brown permalink
    September 12, 2011 8:00 pm

    Those Kona retirees sure know how to party! Great job Jo Ann.

  2. Virginia Lawson-Halliday permalink
    September 15, 2011 12:16 am

    It was a thrilling experience standing on the top of Keauhou Beach Hotel viewing the restoration of the Keauhou- Kahalu’u area to what it was like in the 1400’s. The view was fantastic! We even saw what was referred to as the “Old Slide” It is not visible from Kamehameha III Rd. because of the growth of trees.

    I never knew that a Chocolate Factory existed in Kona. I learned that the production of chocolate from the planting to the finished marketing of it is an intensive labor process. I admire the Coopers for choosing the production chocolate as an occupation..

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