CHOCOLATE, VANILLA & COFFEE FARM TOUR

Papaikou, United States

Experience hosted by Ana & Tom

2.5 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Includes food, drinks, tickets, and equipment

What you'll do

Aloha and Welcome as we gather around the information table at Sharkey's 100-year old farmhouse in the historic plantation village of Papaikou. Sample our freshly brewed 100% Hawaiian coffee or cacao tea, grown right here on the farm. From there we begin an easy walk through our orchards where you'll learn about Hawaiian coffee growth and production. Interwoven behind the coffee are rows of cacao trees. Depending on the time of year, you can usually see tiny flowers and large, multi-colored pods hanging from trunks and branches. Long, heavy vanilla vines grow up the cacao trees, nature's perfect trellis! We'll show you how each vanilla orchid is delicately hand-pollinated to produce long "hands" of vanilla beans. We'll then proceed to the "Slab" where the pods are 'cracked' before the fermentation process. Next we move into the greenhouse where flats of newly planted seedlings just beginning their journey grow alongside large screens filled with coffee and cacao beans slowly drying to perfection. Finally we'll move into our certified Chocolate Kitchen where the Magic happens! Who wants a taste? Free samples!
Other things to note
Parents, please supervise young children at all times and be respectful of the areas marked Private. (Zen Treehouse Retreat is for registered guests only). There are no stairs to navigate and the restroom is equipped with handrails. We are a working farm and invite you to enjoy your surroundings!
Aloha and Welcome as we gather around the information table at Sharkey's 100-year old farmhouse in the historic plantation village of Papaikou. Sample our freshly brewed 100% Hawaiian coffee or cacao tea, grown right here on the farm. From there we begin an easy walk through our orchards where you'll learn about Hawaiian coffee growth and production. Interwoven behind the coffee are rows of cacao trees. Depending on the time of year, you can usua…

What's included

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  • Food
    Depending on the season we offer fresh fruit, chocolate-dipped cookies, Mac...
  • Drinks
    We start the morning with a cup of Hilo Shark's 100% Hawaiian freshly brewe...
  • Tickets
    Kid's Pack: If you're bringing little ones please let us know in advance h...
  • Equipment
    Ceremonial Cacao (groups of 4 or more $10 ea) Learn the tradition, meditati...

Accessibility

Mobility / physical

Adaptive equipment
Refrigerator

Sensory

Minimal / no line

Meet your host, Ana & Tom

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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Ana Antilla is an Airbnb Super Host, tour coordinator and professional chef who facilitates ceremonial cacao preparation and serves up lunch on the lanai of our 100-year old farmhouse. Tom Sharkey is a retired Biology teacher and full-time farmer, chocolatier and tour business owner. Tom's been growing coffee, vanilla and cacao (chocolate) on the Big Island's Hamakua Coast for over 25 years. These favorite crops are relatively new to Hawaii and Tom's made it his mission to share his knowledge and experience with others interested in learning and cultivating pure Hawaiian-grown products. Shark's Tours specializes in localized agri-tourism, educates guests on plant propagation, fermentation, processing and production along with the art of bean-to-bar chocolate making in our certified farm kitchen.
Ana Antilla is an Airbnb Super Host, tour coordinator and professional chef who facilitates ceremonial cacao preparation and serves up lunch on the lanai of our 100-year old farmhouse. Tom Sharkey is a retired Biology teacher and full-time farmer, chocolatier and tour business owner. Tom's been growing coffee, vanilla and cacao (chocolate) on the Big Island's Hamakua Coast for over 25 years. These favorite crops are relatively new to Hawaii and Tom's made it his mission to share his knowledge a…
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Where you'll be

Aloha and Welcome as we gather around the information table at Sharkey's 100-year old farmhouse in the historic plantation village of Papaikou. Sample our freshly brewed 100% Hawaiian coffee or cacao tea, grown right here on the farm. From there we begin an easy walk through our orchards where you'll learn about Hawaiian coffee growth and production. Interwoven behind the coffee are rows of cacao trees. Depending on the time of year, you can usua

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 159 reviews.

Claire
September 2021
Fantastic and informative tour! Couldn’t recommend it enough! Tom and Alexey where incredibly knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. Truly an incredible tour to learn about coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Tasting the fresh chocolate and was eye opening and taking some home even better. Couldn’t recommend this enough!
Mel
September 2021
This was unexpectedly GREAT! Sharkey (Tom) is a retired biology teacher and really gives you as “in depth” of a tour as you could desire. He doesn’t just go through rattling a rehearsed script, rather he talks to you like he really wants you to learn- not just about his farm but about the island, the pests (he calls them “bad guys”), the processes, the life, etc. You can tell he lives and breathes what he’s doing and it’s so so so nice to witness all of the hard work he’s done and what he’s accomplished. He was also a very generous host- helping us make our own chocolates to bring home and offering tastings of anything he grows and makes. 10/10 definitely worth it for a REAL and informative experience
Morgen
June 2021
Super fun tour of coffee and cacao farm, beverages and snacks waiting upon arrival, got to make and eat chocolate, beautiful location, hosts were knowledgeable, thoughtful, and gracious, great for kids and adults, everything was awesome, eat and drink coffee and chocolate all day, beautiful flowers all around, very fun chocolate workshop. Highly recommend. Could not have been better.
Margarita
June 2021
What a magical experience we've had with Tom (aka Sharky) and Alexey! Both are so kind, knowledgeable and open. We came in with no expectations apart from learning about coffee and chocolate, and we left filled with smiles, beautiful memories, useful and interesting stories and, of course, chocolate!:) We've learned about the process of making coffee, vanilla and chocolate from the very beginning to the end. Alexey walked us through every step and answered all of our questions. We even got to make our own chocolate candies. We walked out with lots of little gifts but most importantly with a new appreciation of the art of making our favorite treats. I can't recommend enough taking this tour if you are on the Big Island and want to have a truly authentic experience!
Chris
June 2021
Loved this experience! Tom and Alexi were amazing hosts and got to learn so much about coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and hawaii and local farming. Took so much chocolate and coffee home. And have a couple new friends we want to visit on the next trip to Hawaii.
Julia
June 2021
We had a great time meeting Ana and Tom and it was awesome to see the orchard. We got to help pollinate vanilla flowers, sample all kinds of products, and make chocolate candies. This was a great experience and we’re so glad we went.

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  • Sat, Sep 18
    10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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    $70 per person
  • Mon, Sep 20
    10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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  • Wed, Sep 22
    10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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  • Sat, Sep 25
    10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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  • Mon, Sep 27
    10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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  • Wed, Sep 29
    10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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    $70 per person
  • Sat, Oct 2
    10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    $70 per person
  • Mon, Oct 4
    10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    $70 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Comfortable shoes for walking over uneven ground

Long sleeves, pants or a light jacket