Big Island Chocolate Festival
With the theme, "Lavalicious-A Chocolate Salute to the 100th Birthday of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park," the fifth Big Island Chocolate Festival is May 13-14 with events headquartered from the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Chocolate decadence includes a cacao plantation tour at Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, a college culinary competition and several public foodie and agriculture-themed seminars. Activities culminate with an indoor-outdoor festival gala offering sweet and savory tastes presented by top isle chefs, chocolatiers and confectioners. See a large volcano created from fine chocolate, chocolate body painting and culinary booths decorated to the centennial theme. Music, dancing, silent auction. Fundraiser for Kona Pacific Charter Public School and culinary arts at UH-Palamanui. Tix sales online. www.bigislandchocolatefestival.com.