CHOCOLATE, VANILLA & COFFEE FARM TOUR

Papaikou, Hawaii, United States

Experience hosted by Ana & Tom

  1. 2.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Magical setting
Guests love where this takes place.

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 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 the coffee are rows of cacao trees. Depending on the time of year, you can usually see…

What's included

  • 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 between 3-12 (cost $35) please...

Accessibility

Mobility / physical

No stairs or steps
Accessible bathroom
Mainly flat or leveled ground

Audio and visual

Designated sighted guide

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

Where we'll meet
Sharkey's Farm
Papaikou
Aloha and Welcome as we gather for estate grown coffee or cacao tea and talk story around the information table at Sharkey's 100-year old farmhouse in the historic plantation village of Papaikou, on the Big Island's scenic Hamakua Coast. Take a magical walk through our orchard of cacao, vanilla and coffee trees growing alongside towering tropical trees and exotic flora and fauna in a lush rainforest setting. A fun, relaxing treat for the senses!

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 238 reviews.

  • Luyao
    January 2022
    Excellent experience! We had such a fun time learning about and seeing cocoa fruits, vanilla and coffee beans! This is a must go if you want to learn and taste Hawaiian coffee and chocolate!
  • Paige
    January 2022
    I’m so glad I booked this! What a beautiful farm with so many different and interesting plants. The tour was great and very laid back. Shark knows so much about Hawaiian agriculture and geography. He taught us about the many invasive species in Hawaii, and the best spot to go to see the lava glow at night in the park! The chocolate and coffee was delicious, very cool to see where and how it was made (And mold some chocolate myself!). Overall, a fun and unique experience for any nature lover!
  • Emily
    January 2022
    This is the best farm tour I've done on the island! Sharky and Shannon are great at explaining the processes that go into growing coffee, vanilla and cacao and happily answered all the questions at had (and there were many). Very engaging and interactive. We saw the entire process of making chocolate from the cacao pod all the way to tempering and making our own chocolate (that we got to take home, by the way!). A truly incredible value, definitely a major highlight of our anniversary trip! A must do!
  • Sara
    January 2022
    From the moment my husband & I got to Sharkey’s Farm, he & Ana made us feel so welcome. It’s been one of the highlights of our honeymoon, & it’s something I’d recommend to all ages. They are both clearly passionate about what they do, & it’s so special to see them share it with people like us.
  • Jan
    January 2022
    An excellent choice for our group. We took 16 college students and it was a wonderful experience. All agreed it was a highlight!
  • Sandy
    January 2022
    Shark and Shannon were so interesting and we had SO much fun. Thank you for the yummy chocolate that we took away as souvenirs! We Highly recommend this tour!

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