Manoa is a Hawaiian-based chocolate maker. Hawaii is the only state in the USA to grow cacao. The story of this maker began in the labs at the University of Hawaii in 2010 studying cacao as a crop for the state. Manoa started as college students with no money and bootstrapped their business with ingenuity and determination.
This inclusion bar features vibrant artwork by local artist Shar Tuiasoa of Punky Aloha, and delicate molding inspired by Polynesian tattoo patterns. Together with historical tidbits about each inclusion ingredient, the complete package of flavor, art, and culture creates three bars that do more than taste good: this is chocolate with a sense of place. A fruit brought by Polynesian settlers, on their long voyage to Hawaii coconut is known as one of the canoe plants - crops essential for island living The Hawaiian word for coconut is niu, but the title of this bar Haupia refers to the popular Hawaiian dessert made using the white meat of the coconut fruit.
Tasting notes: Tropical Fruit & Coconut
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