Chocolate lovers rejoice

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The fourth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival kicked off Thursday with a hands-on chocolate making class taught by Una Greenaway at her Kuaiwi Farm in Captain Cook and a “Chocolate Soiree” in the evening at Kokoleka Lani Farms in Holualoa.

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The fourth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival kicked off Thursday with a hands-on chocolate making class taught by Una Greenaway at her Kuaiwi Farm in Captain Cook and a “Chocolate Soiree” in the evening at Kokoleka Lani Farms in Holualoa.

The festival continues today with public culinary demonstrations and agriculture-themed seminars beginning at noon at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. The seminars continue on Saturday at Kokoleka Lani Farms, along with a culinary competition using chocolate in the afternoon and festival’s signature chocolate gala Saturday night at The Fairmont Orchid.

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Presented by the Kona Cacao Association, event proceeds benefit the “Equip the Kitchens” campaign for the future Hawaii Community College-Palamanui and a capital campaign to build a community kitchen at the Waldorf-inspired Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Kealakekua.

For more information, visit bigislandchocolatefestival.com.