Lydgate Farms Hawaiian Chocolate, Kapaa

4.7
Steelgrass Farm is a Kauai family farm dedicated to sustainable diversified agriculture. We grow chocolate, vanilla, award winning honey, timber bamboo, tropical fruits and flowers, lettuces and market vegetables, ginger and turmeric on forty-six acres near Kapaa on Kauai's east side.

Hi, I'm Will Lydgate, co-owner of the farm with my sister Emily. We're the fifth generation of the Lydgate family on Kauai, and we're dedicated to sharing our knowledge, so ten years ago we started the Steelgrass Chocolate Farm Tour, the only chocolate tour and tasting on a genuine family farm on Kauai.

We're also growing our farm, expanding from our current thousand chocolate trees toward our goal of four thousand. We are already Kauai's largest chocolate grower, and reaching that goal will make our orchard one of the largest in the state -- which also means in the country, since Hawaii is the only state where chocolate trees will grow.
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  • Fun education and chocolate taste testing outdoors in paradise - what more do you need to know? Great people, great time.  more »
  • I enjoy this tour so much that it's a repeat tour every year....and we bring new friends with us each time. And our friends love it too. Andrea is so knowledgeable about Kauaian fruits and about the c...  more »
  • Learned a lot about chocolate, how its grown, how its made and how it tastes different depending on where its grown. The chocolate tasting part of the tour was very similar to a wine tasting event, ex...  more »
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  • Wonderful tour! Everyone was super friendly. There was a lot of detailed interesting information given about the fruit and the chocolate they grow. The taste testing of the fruit and chocolate were both delicious. I tasted fruits I had never even heard of before! We also got a in depth talk about the history of chocolate while doing the tasting that I found fascinating. I would highly recommend this tour while on Kauai 👍
  • Amazing experience with fantastic hosts! Beautiful gardens, great fresh fruit, and CHOCOLATE! (Basically all you can eat!) Direct from the tree or prepared you get the full range with stories and a smile. Highly recommend.
  • Attention all chocoholics! This place is our utopia! Lydgate farms is tucked way back at the end of a dirt road, after driving through a secluded neighborhood. Just when you're thinking that you're lost, you come upon a lush forest like place. It's just beautiful there. Our guides told us some of what we were going to see (there was so much more). We got to see vanilla pods on trees, exotic fruits, and other fruits perhaps only found in tropical places. Then we saw cocoa pods growing. Our guide, Andrea, hacked one open, and we saw the fruit and the cocoa seeds. Of course, the best part was the chocolate tasting & the history of chocolate making. Great for anyone who loves chocolate - at any age!
  • Andrea was fantastic. Great guide with loads of knowledge and funny as well! We went as a family and we all enjoyed the tour very much. All the different fruits we got to try and tasting enough chocolate to make you satisfied for weeks! We purchased some Cacao nibs, Cacao tea and vanilla bean. Highly recommended 👍
  • This place is pure awesome sauce. Tasty chocolate and a bunch of fresh off the tree fruit. We learned a lot about chocolate and had a great time with our tour guide.
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