How do you go from being a PHD in biophysics to becoming a cacao farmer in Maui? This is the story of Gunars Valkirs who not only made this life altering decision but it is also committed to the concept of kuleana which encompasses both responsibility and privilege. This has been put into practice by operating a the state of the art factory build completely off the grid and by giving back 100% of net profit to the community. It is this community, the land, science, passion and chocolate that are all interlocked, creating a foundation for the future. This is what Maui Ku'ia considers their privilege, their kuleana.
While we wait to get more bars from the estate grown cacao in Lahaina, it is completely worth trying the rest of the bars made with Ecuadorian cacao and indigenous ingredients from Hawaii, you will not be disappointed!