Big Island dispensary introduces cannabis-infused chocolates

Hawaiian Ethos announced this week that it has released the first legal cannabis infused chocolates on the Big Island of Hawaii. Called “Kokoleka” — the Hawaiian transliteration of the word “chocolate” — it will be available in retail stores in Kona, Hilo, and Waimea.

The company says its new chocolates are the island’s first edibles released under new regulatory rules allowing licensed dispensaries to manufacture cannabis infused beverages, baked goods and other edible product formats in the state of Hawaii.

“Cannabis infused chocolates and other edible formats have been available in other states for years, and Hawaiian Ethos is excited to finally offer our premium products under the state’s new rules,” said Hawaiian Ethos vice president of marketing Chris Whidden.

Starting from organic fair-trade cacao, Hawaiian Ethos chocolates are infused with premium ice water hash rosin made from fresh frozen whole flower, sun grown locally at their low impact production facility in Kamuela.

Later this year, Hawaiian Ethos plans to release a variety of creative new flavors using local, island-sourced ingredients and flagship cannabis strains, including a no-sugar added option for medical cannabis patients sensitive to sweets.

In addition to the medicinal benefits of cannabis, dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Made from the seed of the cacao tree, it’s one of the best sources of antioxidants and can lower the risk of heart disease.

To reduce the impact of plastic waste on the island, Ethos’ Kokoleka chocolates are packaged in 100% backyard compostable PHA containers, which return to the soil completely in as little as 16 months. 

As more cannabis infused products become available in the state, Hawaiian Ethos looks forward to new and existing licensed operators working creatively to put Hawaii on the map as a premium producer of world class cannabis edibles, made with care and found nowhere else on the planet.

About Hawaiian Ethos

Hawaiian Ethos is a licensed medical cannabis producer with retail dispensary locations on Hawai’i Island in Hilo, Waimea, and Kona. All Hawaiian Ethos products are sun grown on the Big Island, solventless, and packaged responsibly in recyclable, reusable or compostable containers. For more information, visit hawaiianethos.com.