With summer in full swing, there’s nothing better than enjoying some well-deserved R & R and perhaps indulging in a little bit of travel — whether by flight … or by flavor. With KOHO’s fine selection of artisan bon bons and chocolate tablets, the journey is closer than you think.
The flavors of paradise await, from sweet and tart Mango Ginger Caramel to vibrant Kona Coffee Caramel. Within each hand-finished bon bon lies its own unique flavor profile inspired by the islands. And for those of you on Oʻahu, you can experience all of KOHO’s delightful bon bons firsthand at its namesake boutique at Ala Moana Center, where the luxury pop-up will remain open through the end of October.
Inside KOHO’s serene space, you’ll come across its wide array of bon bons gingerly packed in boxes of six, 12, and 18. Popular selections include the Voyager Green box — 18 bon bons comprised of Lilikoʻi Caramel, Hawaiian Sea Salt Caramel, Guava Caramel, Mango Ginger Caramel, Macadamia Blossom Honey Caramel, and Kona Coffee Caramel — and the Explorer Pink box which contains Lilikoʻi Caramel, Guava Caramel, Mango Ginger Caramel, and Macadamia Blossom Caramel.
The Ala Moana Center shop also carries KOHO’s line of chocolate tablets. Locally sourced, the tablets come in six flavors: Lilikoʻi White Chocolate, Kona Coffee Dark Chocolate, Macadamia Nut Sea Salt Dark Chocolate, Macadamia Nut Sea Salt Milk Chocolate, 55% Hawaiian Cacao Dark Chocolate, and 38% Hawaiian Cacao Milk Chocolate. Choose one of these six or get a library set of all of them instead.
And for those who prefer to go the bespoke route, shoppers can make their way to KOHO’s “customization island.” Here, chocolate aficionados can create their own flavor medley via its Found For You boxes — customized 12- and 25-piece boxes that can be filled with a combination of bon bons from the store’s custom-built, bon-bon display case. This is the perfect time to purchase a gift box or two since a purchase of $150 or more entitles you a complimentary linen furoshiki (traditional Japanese wrapping cloth).
“KOHO at Ala Moana Center is a tranquil escape from the bustle of the shopping center and makes the perfect venue to showcase our elevated collection of chocolates,” says Director of Global Branding for Hawaiian Host and KOHO Theresa Tuxhorn.
The exquisitely produced bon bons and tablets are elegantly displayed on shelving and millwork that have been repurposed to incorporate luxury touches such as hand-stained hardwood, hand-dyed linen drapes, hand-woven rattan screens, and more.
More than just superb detail work, store elements were created by local vendors selected because of their dedication to their craft. The colorful linen accents and furoshiki are all hand-dyed on the North Shore of Oʻahu. Marketing collateral found within the store was hand-painted by local watercolor artist Janet Meinke-Lau. Their participation in KOHO reflects the brand's ties to Hawai‘i and our local community. KOHO is a piece of paradise, touched by those who live in paradise.