Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory!

We didn’t mean to come here. My family and I aren’t really “factory tour” kind of people. We didn’t even know this place was in Hilo. But when we finished in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park earlier than planned, and drove past a sign advertising Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut factory tours and gift shop, well, we figured, why not?

There it is… the place where all the macadamia nuts are turned into wonderfully delicious things.

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It actually was pretty cool to see the macadamia nuts get covered in chocolate. I would be lying if I said it didn’t inspire thoughts of Willy Wonka.

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But sadly these candies were made by people, not Oompa Loompas.

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And this was the whole factory tour, folks. Just walking along a balcony and looking through windows. I loved it!!

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We really love macadamia nuts ❤

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Oh sweet heaven on earth… so many macadamia nuts!!! And so many flavors!

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A great deal of macadamia nuts were purchased this day. But they had flavors I had never seen before, and the prices were so much better than they are at home in LA!

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They even had macadamia nut ice cream!

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So while this stop might not have been on the original itinerary for Hilo, I am very glad it happened. It ended up being a lot of fun (mostly the shopping and eating parts) and was a much better way to spend an hour than just heading back to the cruise ship. If you are a fan of macadamia nuts, it is definitely worth a quick stop. The gift shop sells everything macadamia nut you can possibly think of, and the prices can’t be beat. An excellent place to pick up gifts for people back home!