May 13-14, 2016 – Big Island Chocolate Festival

With the theme, Lavalicious – A Chocolate Salute to the 100th Birthday of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, the fifth Big Island Chocolate Festival includes a cacao plantation tour at Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, a college culinary competition and several public foodie and agriculture-themed seminars. Activities culminate with an indoor/outdoor festival gala on May 14, offering sweet and savory tastes presented by top isle chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners. See a large volcano created from fine chocolate, chocolate body painting and culinary booths decorated to the Park’s centennial theme. Music, dancing, silent auction. Events’ times and costs vary. Ticket sales online at For more information, call 808-324-6100.