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...

Meet your host, Ana & Tom

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 155 Reviews
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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 4.95 out of 5 from 155 reviews.

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.
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 gra…
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!
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…
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.
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…
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.
Murtaza
June 2021
We very much enjoyed this tour. We learned a ton on how cacao turns into a chocolate including making chocolates. We also learned a lot about Coffee and Vanilla plants. Additionally, my son loved playing with Bliss. I highly recommend this tour.
We very much enjoyed this tour. We learned a ton on how cacao turns into a chocolate including making chocolates. We also learned a lot about Coffee and Vanilla plants. Additiona…
Alyssa
June 2021
Tom is so personable, passionate and extremely accommodating. His assistant, Alexie was also very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. I loved the small group aspect of this experience. From the very beginning, you get coffee, chocolates and cookies. And by the end, you get to make your own and take it home. Tom makes sure all your questions are answered and makes the entire experience a learning opportunity - like pollinating a vanilla bean flower! I highly recommend this experience on the island!
Tom is so personable, passionate and extremely accommodating. His assistant, Alexie was also very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. I loved the small group aspect of this exp…

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    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