Malie Kai Chocolates

Did you know that Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. where cacao can grow?

Cacao has been grown in very small amounts in Hawaii since the 1850s. Most of it was grown on the Big Island.

Malie Kai Milk ChocolateMalie Kai Chocolates is a small company producing chocolates grown on Oahu, specifically, the famous North Shore.

14 years ago, a new cacao project was started in Waialua on Oahu’s North Shore. The tropical sun and rich volcanic soil create the perfect microclimate for cacao.

The Waialua region is considered the best place in the state of Hawaii for cacao production.

Malie Kai Chocolates Company harvests only about 18,000 lbs of cacao each year, which makes their chocolate one of the rarest in the world.

I recently tasted their milk chocolate bar and was extremely impressed. The chocolate had a nice, hard snap with smooth mouth feel and a slow melt to savor every bit of flavor. The intense milky notes were creamy and buttery, with subtle caramel notes right at the finish. The chocolate was fruity with nutty undertones in just the right amount.

In my opinion, it was perfectly balanced between the dairy and chocolate profiles - no single flavor was dominating or overwhelming the other.

According to the Malie Kai website,, their chocolate has a unique “Hawaiian taste.”  That may be so, but I would just simply say, “absolutely delicious!”

Bryn Kirk

Bryn Kirk

Course Facilitator at Chocolate University Online
Bryn worked for nearly 10 years in a research and product development for Ambrosia Chocolate Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Now she develops all of the CUO lessons and coaches the members of the Primal Chocolate Club.
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2 thoughts on “Malie Kai Chocolates

  1. avatar Joleen

    We bought 3 bars recently in Hanapepe (Kauai). I’ve only tried the dark milk coco late so far & it was fabulous. Still have the dark chocolate & one with the nibs to try. Will savor every bit!


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