VANILLA & SPICE
Specialty Tours &
Agri-Tourism from the Source
FARMER TOM SHARKEY
Farmer Tom has been cultivating Hawaiian Coffee, Cacao and Vanilla at his farm on the Big Island's Hamakua Coast for the past 25 years. He is committed to promoting these crops and growing the industry by supporting and mentoring new farmers through education and hands-on experience.
Many people have visited Sharkey's farm over the years; and Tom, a born story-teller, makes learning fun (and tasty!) as he shares his passion for growing in Hawai'i. Tom is co-founder of the Big Island Community Cacao Association, an organization whose vision is to connect the local cacao community to opportunities and partners that sustain agricultural and entrepreneurial economic development on Hawaii Island.
"It's a lot of work, but it's work I love because it's constantly changing; growing, evolving", Sharkey laughs. "There's a time to sow and a time to reap and a whole lot of other stuff you gotta do in between. And at the end of the day, you're tired but content because it's really all about doing what you love and passing it on."
SHARK'S ONLINE STORE
Gift Certificates, Stickers, Honey, Apparel & More
Locally Sourced Products & Artwork
Shop from a variety of theme-related Hats, T-shirts, Bumper Stickers, Local Products & Artists, Coffee Mugs & More!
Coffee & Chocolate Shop
Serving Aloha One Cup at a Time
28-1672 Old Mamalahoa Hwy. Honomu, HI 96728
On the Road to Akaka Falls
Local Brew & Espresso, Smoothies, Sodas & Shakes,
Tropical Dreams Local Gourmet Ice Cream
Shark's Hamakua Grown Coffee, Chocolate, Vanilla & Spice
Chocolate Farm Agri-Tour Information
Locally Grown Products
HILO SHARK'S TOURS
CHOCOLATE FARM TOUR
Agri-Tourism from the Source
HOW DOES YOUR
Visit Sharkey's working plantation and learn how these crops are pollinated, grown and 'cracked" in the time-honored tradition. Learn the process of Seed-to-Bar chocolate making. This interactive tour is a fun learning experience for all ages and includes fascinating facts and yummy samples!
ALL DRIVING TOURS ARE CURRENTLY CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS
HISTORIC HILO & HAMAKUA SCENIC
Learn about Hilo's historic past as we explore Scenic Byways, Mystic Waterfalls and Green Sea Turtles along the Beautiful Hamakua Coast.
Comfort Stop, Refreshments & Samples
Hilo Bay & Coconut Island, Volcanoes National Park, Akatsuka Orchid Gardens and stop to look for Green Sea Turtles
Comfort Stops, Refreshments & Samples
CHOCOLATE MAKING CLASS
Limit 4 persons per class
This interactive class is designed to help you understand the complete process of bean-to-bar chocolate and all the steps that come before, during and after you have your finished your chocolate creation. Learn how we grind, mix, milange, temper, pour and package chocolate.
Class includes a mini-tour of Sharkey's orchard and greenhouse where you'll see how cacao is grown and processed. Also included are refreshments, samples and your own chocolate to take home.
Contact us to schedule a Class
Settle in and Stay A While!
Want to really get into farm life in Hawai'i? We offer two unique and memorable stays right here on Sharkey's farm! Whether you're looking for a 4-bedroom historic Farmhouse with wrap-around lanai, pool, ocean and treetop views and room for the whole gang; or a private, peaceful and romantic Zen Elegant Octagon Treehouse for 1 or 2, we've got you covered!
Both listings are Airbnb Stays with 5-Star Ratings. Super-Hosts Ana and Sharkey ensure your comfort and go over and beyond to make your stay Truly Special!
ZEN TREEHOUSE REETREAT
Elegant Octagon Studio in the Trees with private lanai, views and seasonal stream below. The perfect place to relax as you breath in the peaceful rainforest setting.
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