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Maui Ku‘ia Estate Chocolate reopens its retail store in Lahaina Business Park

June 18, 2020
Lahaina News

LAHAINA - Following a brief two-day opening in March, the Maui Ku'ia Estate Chocolate retail store reopened its doors at 78 Ulupono St., Suite 1, in the Lahaina Business Park on Monday, June 8.

Now open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the store is fully compliant with COVID-19 rules and procedures.

Now is the time to take advantage of special pricing for MKEC's "2020 Limited Release: Single Origin Collection" and Father's Day gifts.

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See all of the Father’s Day gifts and sign up for a Maui Ku‘ia Estate Chocolate tasting at mauichocolate.com.

In addition, visitors can seize this opportunity to look at Maui's sustainability success story. The MKEC factory is 100 percent powered by the sun. In total, there are 847 solar panels providing power during the day and Tesla batteries providing power at night.

For the first time since MKEC began chocolate production in October 2019, now is an opportunity to buy all three of its single origin chocolates at special prices.

MKEC is even offering a buy one, get one free (BOGO) special.

"This is a chocolate connoisseurs' dream come true," said Dan O'Doherty, vice president of farm and factory operations, who globally sources and oversees all of the company's cacao farming. "We're offering a chance to taste our single origin chocolates, side-by-side, at one time."

With Father's Day coming up, the team at MKEC has put together their favorite chocolate gifts and paired them with other Maui local business options, including a helicopter tour, BBQ kit and gelato.

"There's a lot of ready to pick up chocolate gifts and specially curated gift combinations for dad or that special person that has had an impact on your life," said Lisa Foth, assistant general manager.

At 9,000 square feet, the brand new chocolate factory is the largest in the State of Hawaii, yet it's thoughtfully designed to leave a negative carbon footprint.

In the retail store, visitors can browse MKEC's product line. To see how chocolate goes from farm to bar, visitors can peek through the plate-glass viewing windows right into the factory or view the production process via video shown on large screens.

Visitors can reserve and enjoy a curated five- or ten-piece chocolate tasting in the second floor, open air Ku'ia Pavillion and soak up 360-degree ocean and mountain views. Look northeast and catch a glimpse of the 50-acre farm where some of the chocolate you're enjoying was grown.

For more information, e-mail aloha@mauichocolate.com.

 
 

 

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