Our Story


21 Degrees Estate is located on the 21st degree of north latitude and since cacao requires a tropical rain forest climate, Hawaii is the only state in the United States capable of growing cacao; a burgeoning and exciting crop for the State of Hawaii.  Our goal is to grow world-class quality cacao to produce exceptional chocolate and to provide an interesting and unique agricultural and educational experience. We also strive to educate as many people as possible (age 1-100) on the importance of conserving our valuable farmland, farms, and farmers!  We believe that the land (`aina) is important for all living things and farmers are but stewards of the land for future generations. We aim to leave it better than we found it, to add cacao to the mix of amazing tropical flora, and to educate and share with as many people as we can.

In addition to producing high-quality cacao for artisanal chocolatiers, 21 Degrees Estate also features limited quantities of spectacular honey, produced by happy honeybees foraging the local tropical fruit trees and flowers.  Similar in concept to a cacao bean taking on the flavor of its terroir (environmental elements such as the soil, topography, and climate) in which it is grown, honey will be unique in taste as a result of the bees’ location.  Honey produced only a few miles away can be quite different.  21 Degrees Estate’s honey “Kahalu’u Gold” is noted for its golden color and light but complex flavors, including pineapple, citrus, and floral notes.  It is consistently praised for its exceptional taste and is exclusively available at 21 Degrees Estate.

21 Degrees Estate is also home to a small number of happy chickens.  Besides providing entertainment for farm visitors, they also produce about a dozen, exceptionally delicious eggs per day.  Several breeds of chickens reside here, including Rhode Island Reds, Wyandottes, and Plymouth Rocks.  We even have the famous Ameraucana chicken, laying a distinctive and beautiful blue egg!

Lastly, (but not least!), we are home to 3 adorable miniature goats: Hank, Buddy and Latte. Their primary job is assist with weed management, but in truth, they provide hours of humorous antics and serve as the cutest residents of 21 Degrees Estate!

We are host to numerous examples of tropical flowers such as red, pink and blue ginger; red and white torch ginger and many of the heliconia family of flowers.  Additional produce grown here includes avocado, banana, lychee, turmeric, oranges, breadfruit, papaya, and coconut.

Near term plans include completing a venue location to host events ranging from tours, tastings, and dinners to photo and movie shoot location.“The Captain’s Cottage,” is a 3 bedroom, 1 ½ bath residential house being redesigned and renovated to accommodate events of up to 40 persons.  Events may consist of farm-related functions such as a farm to table dinner; wine and chocolate tastings, and farm-produce cocktail parties.  Other possibilities include hosting small weddings, corporate off-sites and other similar groups desiring a charming and exclusive experience.  The cottage is planned to be complete by December 2018.  Check back with us to see the latest on upcoming events or sign up for our newsletter or send us a note at info@21degreesestate.com.

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Keep Calm and Cacao on!
-Maria Carl-Rogers and Michael Rogers, Owners