Derek Lanter

Waialua Estate’s new chocolate vintage

On Saturday afternoon, Melissa Chang and I attended the Chocolate Festival at Dole Cannery. I have to admit that upon arrival, I was disappointed that the “festival” was more of a trade show, with vendors offering samples of various chocolate…

Hawaii: In Real Life ~ holiday hot chocolate

Derek Lanter with cacao pods from his north shore farm, and me with my cup of chocolate goodnessI was at a tweetup recently at Blue Hawaii Lifestyle’s Bishop St. store, and they were experimenting with Waialua Estate Chocolate to make…

Visiting the Waialua cacao farm

My friend Dan Nakasone has his hand on the pulse of everything that’s happening in Hawaii agriculture, and always tells me about the latest and greatest developments around the state. So when he told me the amazing story behind Dole…