Big Island Chocolate Festival gives high-schoolers a chance to show their skills

  • Kealakehe High School culinary students Branden Okubo, left, Avan Becerra and Jett Johnson assemble their offering at the seventh annual Big Island Chocolate Festival.

  • Palamanui Culinary student Lily Frazier serves Amy Salling at the 7th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival Saturday at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Chef Junior from Kelolu at the Four Seasons presents chocolate pretzel bun burger with chocolate gravy on Saturday.

  • Kealakehe High School culinary student Celia Goddard presents ChocoBerry Shots at the seventh Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival.

  • Kealakehe High School culinary student Kai Kale describes ulu sweet potato green banana patty with edamame falafel with lomilomi avocado and jaboticaba vinaigrette to Josh Byrd at the 7th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival Saturday at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Konawaena High School senior Kaliko Pajimola finishes multi grain wild rice pilaf curry kabob with green papaya, purple sweet potato, pineapple, carrots and cauliflower at the 7th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival Saturday at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Konawaena High School senior Destiny Deleon replenishes their sweet and savory offerings at the 7th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival Saturday at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Konawaena High School senior Rachel Smith puts the finishing touches on Spiced Chocolate Cheesecake with Lilikoi and Mango Jelly topped with Chocolate Ganashe at the 7th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival Saturday at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Crunch Torte is offered by the Hilton Waikoloa Village at the 7th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival Saturday at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Kylie Tanouye, left, and Emily Tsuji dip fruit in the always popular chocolate fountain at the 7th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival Saturday at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • The Fairmont Orchid offers Flourless Chocolate Banana Globes at the seventh annual Big Island Chocolate Festival Saturday at the Hapuna Beach Resort. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Jaynean Caro gets a chocolate tattoo from Christine Von at the 7th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival Saturday at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Chocolate is fun at the 7th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival Saturday at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A sold out crowd enjoys the 7th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival Saturday at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • KPC at Hilton Waikoloa Village Chef Dayne Tanabe presents coco dusted charred octopus at the 7th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival Saturday at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Raylynn Lee, left, Terry Toyomura and Nan Lee enjoy the offerings at the seventh annual Big Island Chocolate Festival Saturday at the Hapuna Beach Resort. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KOHALA COAST — Scores of chocolate lovers descended upon the Hapuna Beach Resort on Saturday to get their fill of sweet and savory creations.