Dec 03, 2014
Local, Artisanal Foods and Their Makers
Meet our local artisans and their craft
In 1987, Michael Cummins and Joe DiPaolis created the Honolulu Chocolate Company, inspired by Cummins' flair with creating tasty sweets and DiPaolis' merchandising and display expertise. Today, right behind the showroom in Ward Centre is where chocolatiers create the company's confections with Belgian chocolate, rich creamy caramel, roasted nuts, and more.
Honolulu Chocolate Company offers its customers a variety of chocolate delights, from chocolate-covered ginger to chocolate-dipped Oreos. Sink your teeth into chocolate-dipped mangos—$14 for an 8-ounce box and $28 for a 16-ounce box—or go for the classic 16-piece chocolate-covered macadamia nuts for $12.50.
Honolulu Chocolate Company is located at Ward Centre 1200 Ala Moana Blvd and is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Sundays (closes at 6 p.m.). For more information, see honoluluchocolate.com.
Dana Bergeman was inspired to start Island Olive Oil after stepping into a mainland store much like the one he created today and being amazed by its olive oils and other healthy, beneficial products. Upon realizing Hawaii did not have an olive oil company of its own, he decided to open one so that these quality products would be available to the local community.
Much like wine, olive oils are selected by when they are harvested. Currently, Island Olive Oil's flavored olive oils are from Chile and non-flavored olive oils are from Chile, Peru, and Australia. Next season, they will arrive straight from regions in the Northern Hemisphere known for their incredible product. As for the company's sugar, salts, and rubs, those are made locally in Kauai.
Take home Tuscan Herb-infused olive oil paired with balsamic vinegar for $16.95 each (both are same price) or Hawaiian Rub spice rub for $9.95.
Island Olive Oil is located at Ward Centre 1200 Ala Moana Blvd and is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Sundays (closes at 6 p.m.) For more information, see islandoliveoil.com.
What started off as a search for alternative ways to cure bad allergies turned into a unique remedy involving honey and the founding of family-owned business Hawaiian Rainbow Bees. This company keeps many of its bees on organic farms on Oahu and the Big Island, which provides important pollination and results in its unprocessed raw honey with natural enzymes. Once the honey is harvested, it is brought to the location in Ward Village, recognizable by a yellow and red sign, to be extracted and bottled for distribution.
Hawaiian Rainbow Bees honey not only provides a healthy alternative to processed honey and sugar, but is also the perfect addition to any home or the perfect gift for the vacationing tourist. At the location in Ward Village, you will get the authentic experience of purchasing from the source at a behind-the-scenes facility instead of a storefront. Pick up a one-quart jar of 100 percent raw honey for $25 or a 9-ounce Kiawe honey for $6 each to take a little aloha home with you.
Hawaiian Rainbow Bees is located on 537 Auahi St. and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. (times are not set). The sign is yellow and red; knock and say hello and you will surely be greeted. Or, call 808-284-6245 in advance to arrange to pick up honey outside of these hours. For more information, see rainbowbees.com.
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