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Off to a sunny start - lunch while changing planes at St. Louis.The airport at Kona, HI, is so small one has to depart via steps.View from the hillside looking north over Kona.The first commercial chocolate manufacturer on the Big Island.Boy holding a ripe cacao (chocolate) pod.Ripe cacao pods - different subspecies ripen into different colorsdrying the beansdrying the beansfree samplesinto the grovecacao pods growingThe tour in the cacao tree grove.The insides of a cacao pod.  Each bean is wrapped in a sweet, white lining.Gecko licking the sweet beansThis table jogs the chocolate in the molds to remove air bubbles.On the road, heading north to the pass to the east side of the island.