Our mission is to foster the development of an economically viable and environmentally sustainable fine / flavor grade-cacao industry, and to establish meaningful connections between farmers and chocolate makers in Hawaii and across the globe.

Consulting Philosophy

Diversified industry experience is combined with scientific evidence and methodology to make informed recommendations to meet the needs of farmers and chocolate producers.

The consulting process starts by listening carefully to the experiences, expectations, and goals of each client and their staff. In order to best understand the mechanics of each farm, it’s common to spend full days working in the field alongside farm workers.

To best evaluate, make informed recommendations, and conduct training, it is necessary to experience the details of normal day-to-day operations and strive to build a relationship with staff. After reflection and discussion with farm owners, practical recommendations are made with careful consideration of capital and labor resources, farming philosophy, and anticipated goals.


After four years of working with cacao growers in the Hawaiian Islands independently and as an agent of the University of Hawaii, Cacao Services, Inc. was formed in 2012.

Daniel O’Doherty is owner and President of Cacao Services, Incorporated. After completing a bachelor’s of science in psychology and a master’s of science in botany, he has worked and studied cacao extensively as a University of Hawaii researcher and as a private consultant.


Industry affiliations

Amano Artisan Chocolate
American Samoa Department of Agriculture
Crop Nutrient Solutions, Inc.
Dandelion Small Batch Chocolate
Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA)
Hawaii Agricultural Research Center (HARC)
Hawaii Cacao Foundation (HCF)
Hawaii Chocolate and Cacao Association (HCCA)
Manoa Chocolate Hawaii
Mars Global Chocolate
Maya Mountain Cacao, Ltd. – Belize
Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Tropical Plant and Soil Science
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA/ARS)

Farm affiliations

Alae Estate – Hawaiian Crown Hilo, Hawaii
Carouba Farm – Coto Brus, Costa Rica
HARC Maunawili – Kailua, Hawaii
J&G – Lahaina, Hawaii
Jungle Bee – Kilauea, Hawaii
Kamahi Horticulture – Kahaluu, Oahu
Kualapuu Ranch – Kualapuu, Molokai
Lonohana Estate – Haleiwa, Oahu
Moloaa Bay Coffee – Kapaa, Kauai
Ohulehule Forest Conservancy – Waikane, Oahu
Reppun Farm – Waiahole, Oahu
Lonohana Estate – Haleiwa, Oahu
Steelgrass Farms – Kapaa, Kauai
Waialua Estate – Waialua, Oahu