Tropical Gardening: Celebrate Hawaii Island chocolate next week

Hawaii abounds with tropical fruits that may be used to make drinks and other products like chocolate, teas, alcohols and coffee. Creative marketing is the key. Do you recognize the fruits shown? All may be used for food and drinks. (Voltaire Moise/Courtesy photo)

As the Hawaii Island cacao industry continues to expand, it is time to celebrate with the 11th Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival from Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27. According to Fern Gavelek, the event culminates with the “Mystical Chocolate Masquerade” gala offering everything from sweet to savory.