Honoka‘a couple turn curiosity into award-winning chocolate company

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Owner Mike Pollard walks out of the Honoka‘a Chocolate Co. store and factory on June 28 before opening for the public.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Mike Pollard talks about the processing of making Honoka‘a Chocolate Co. chocolate while walking through the factory on June 28 in Honoka‘a.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Mike and Rhonda Pollard pose for a photo by their cacao trees on June 28 at Kahi Ola Mau Farm in Honoka‘a. The Pollards purchased the farm and spent five years turning it into a cacao farm, and then Honoka‘a Chocolate Co.

Two Honoka‘a chocolate makers hope the passion and enthusiasm they have for their craft will change the way people think about chocolate.