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Hawaiian Vanilla Company

43-2007 Paauilo Mauka Road

About Us:
The Hawaiian Vanilla Co. was established in 1998 while sitting around a dinner table with family discussing what we would consider growing on our newly purchased property along the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island.

At the Time we had two small children and had a vision of how and where we wanted to raise them. My mother-in-law, who is an orchid enthusiast, mentioned that vanilla might be the crop to cultivate. From that dinner conversation to today this journey has been an adventure beyond my wildest dreams. Being able to work along side of my wife and children and build this company together has been an incredible experience.

Incredible Experiences don’t come with out hardship. We are proud to say we were the first commercial growers in the US. But being the first is not always the easiest. Our search to grow the finest quality vanilla in the world has taken me to the birth place of Vanilla, Mexico, into the rain forest of Micronesia, to the impoverish country of Haiti and to the highest technology in Vanilla research at Rutgers University. Our goal is to cultivate the best Vanilla in the world. We’ve had years of good harvest and years of none. We’ve had years when we’ve relied on the harvest of others to see us through. But anything worthwhile takes time. I hope you come by for a visit and see for yourself what the Hawaiian Vanilla Co. is all about.


Albert Bodenhamer

Sunday, June 17, 2018
Had a blast here. It's a beautiful setting. There are wonderful products in the gift shop, and it was really cool to learn about vanilla and to see it growing. Jim and family are obviously passionate about their work and it shows. Can't wait to make extract from the beautiful beans we bought!

Lauren Rusert

Monday, May 21, 2018
Love, love, love this place! I take people there any chance i get. Highly recommended to go to a lunch and tour if you need something to do on Big island. The staff is extremely accommodating and a pleasure to be around! They also have great customer service and speedy shipping to all over the U.S.! Two recommendations to buy- bread pudding and the vanilla home fragrance!

Matthew R Green

Thursday, April 26, 2018
The Vanilla lunch and tour isn't quite as high-class as some of the reviews and descriptions I'd seen implied, which was a little disappointing, but that might be a plus in some people's minds. The drinks at the beginning were very refreshing, and the amuse was wonderful. After that, I must admit, the vanilla sensors on my palate were burnt out, though I think I may be a bit unique in that respect. For the main, I really enjoyed the rub on the potatoes, and the salsa was very nice as well. The tour itself was less than I'd hoped, as essentially, it was just being shown the plants and that's about it. I would have wished for more, but I'm not sure what that more would be. Jim, the owner, was a good guy and obviously quite knowledgeable, so the tour wasn't bothersome; it just didn't have as much to see as I had hoped. At the end, they'll teach you to make your own vanilla extract, which is kind of nice. Overall, I wasn't quite as satisfied as I would have liked, but my companions were very happy with it all, so I may just have been a sour puss that day.

paul trainer

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Hawaiian vanilla company is a pretty cool place. You can buy vanilla beans grown right on the island, and learn all about growing vanilla. They also have various vanilla products you can purchase in their gift shop, and used to do a nice lunch buy reservation. I'm not sure if they do that anymore. Call before you make the drive out here, because they are occasionally not open, since it's a small family-run operation

Kayla Alward

Friday, June 15, 2018
We did the lunch and the farm tour. The lunch was some awesome food with everything vanilla themed. It included a shrimp crostini appetizer, a chicken breast sandwich, salad, potatoes and they also serve a vanilla ice cream. The tour was a very short but very informative walk. Highly recommend.

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