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Hawaiian Vanilla Company

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43-2007 Paauilo Mauka Road, Paauilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96776
+1 877-771-1771
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Seattle, Washington
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Didn't get to do lunch, but thoroughly enjoyed the VERY interesting tour. Learned lots of new ways to use vanilla and now that I have learned how to make my own, I will never buy vanilla extract again! Be sure to buy some of the vanilla soap, it was a huge hit as a gift for friends at home.

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1 Thank ellenj211
Waikoloa, Hawaii
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187 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friends took me to the Hawaiian Vanilla Co for lunch and a tour. What a surprise! Located up Mauna on the beautiful Hamakua Coast, this family-run business offers tours, products, and information. We started with a yummy lunch - shrimp appetizer, burgers, potatoes, and a fantastic salad of local greens, goat cheese, pecans, tossed in a vanilla/balsamic dressing. Everything was... More 

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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Family run business explaining everything you wanted to know about vanilla. And there's food and ice cream incorporating this wonderful flavor. They'll also teach you how to make your own vanilla extract and have a supply that never runs out.

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1 Thank Tom M
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the lovely lunch featuring of course the use of vanilla in unexpected ways. Absolutely delicious!!!! The tour that followed was very informative and answered many questions about what it takes to grow vanilla bean pods and ripen them for use. The family run enterprise is remarkable and worth the 90 minute drive from Kona.

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Thank Deflouey
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed visiting the vanilla farm yesterday with my Mum. The lunch was delicious and the tour very informative. The whole family is involved in the operation. It is rare, and inspiring, to find people so passionate about what they do! Was recommended by a friend, and I will be recommending to others.

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1 Thank lonealbatross
West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A visit to the Vanilla Company was recommended to us by a local Marriott customer service rep, and it turned out to be a really enjoyable experience! Worth the hour drive from the Kohala Coast. The owner, Jim, and his sons were outstanding hosts, servers, and tour guides. The lunch with everything vanilla-infused was really good and very generous in... More 

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Terrace
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Wonderful experience from start to finish. Delicious food, every course had vanilla in it. Very interesting tour of the orchid house, had no idea of the labour intensive production of vanilla before this tour. Highly recommend taking this tour and luncheon, you won't be diappointed.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Delicious luncheon with vanilla used in the creation of each gourmet menu item. Fabulous educational experience - the son of the owner was a great speaker who told us much about the vanilla plant, cultivation, bean processing, and history of the Hawaiian Vanilla Company - his father's dream made reality. What a wonderful story. We had no idea that vanilla... More 

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Orange, California
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27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Very interesting tour and explanation of vanilla bean cultivation, including history and how it is used in food. The lunch was good and everything included vanilla in the preparation. This is a family-owned operation. The eldest son did an excellent job of introductions the subject and leading the tour -- he spoke clearly and was very easy to understand. There... More 

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Banks, Oregon
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170 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

This is a must tour. The most interesting and educational tours on the island. Also a story book tale of success of a small Hawaiian business man. The only place vanilla beans are grown in the USA! Very unique. This is my second visit and I'll probably return again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Hawaiian
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43-2007 Paauilo Mauka Road, Paauilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96776
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Paauilo
  • Phone Number: +1 877-771-1771

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