We opted for the lunch & tour. Since the Hawaiian Vanilla Company is located about 45-60 minutes from Hilo, we decided to enjoy the full experience. The lunch was good and unique as all the items, including the drinks, were flavored in some way with vanilla. As we ate, we were told a bit about the process of raising vanilla orchids. I had no idea that vanilla required such a hands-on, time intensive process! The tour was given after lunch. We were shown some actual plants and told what they needed to do to grow the plants and generate the vanilla bean. After lunch, while enjoying vanilla ice cream, we were told how we could make our own vanilla from the vanilla bean. They had a small gift shop where you could buy all things vanilla. I'm glad we participated in this activity, even though it was a bit of a drive.
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