FAQ’s

Klahhane FAQ’s

How were the flavors developed?
When we began to discuss the idea of a local, organic chocolate bar, Yvonne Yokota crafted several test bars. Faithful Renaissance customers bravely gave of themselves to test and offer feedback on the bars throughout the spring and summer of 2008. The flavors we offer now are a reflection of that selfless process. In addition, when America embarked on it biggest dam removal in history right here in our home town we wanted to join in the gargantuan celebration. So we added an 8th bar to our line-up to honor the return of the Elwha River and all the life she supports.

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Who is Yvonne Yokota?
Yvonne is a much-loved chocolatier living in the Dungeness Valley of Sequim, Washington. Formally trained as a marine biologist, she has long been interested in chocolate. During her travels around the world she has methodically sought out the best chocolates available. Over many years she has put together this considerable research knowledge and her love of fine artisan craftsmanship to create her current business: crafting fine, handmade chocolates. Yvonne searches out the finest ingredients available and is committed to using organic or local ingredients when possible. Increasing awareness of the many fine chocolates available around the world through their use in her combinations of flavored truffles, and Klahhane bars, is a passion that when exercised always bears good things for people in her sphere.

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Who is Pat O’Hara?
Pat’s adventurous career as an environmental and fine art photographer has rewarded him with a reputation as an international professional leader and a local treasure here on the Olympic Peninsula. His color photography has been showcased in seventeen books, including collaborations with Harvey Manning and Tim McNulty. His extensive publication history also includes trade books, magazines, calendars, greeting cards, posters, advertisements, electronic mediums, and now, fine chocolate bars!

His work and formidable career have garnered him numerous awards, most notably the Photography Gold Medal presented by the New York Art Directors Club, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photography Association. Nikon USA selected Pat to be one of the initial photographers featured on its Legends Behind the Lens portfolio series. While Pat has traveled the world ’round to capture the power of nature’s wonders, from the rugged backcountries of North America’s National Parks to the pristine Beringian Heritage International Park straddling the Arctic Circle, many believe he saves the most intimate, artful eye for his own home, the wild Olympic Peninsula.

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Why Renaissance?
Renaissance is a center for vitality and wellness featuring massage, classes, and a small 100-Mile restaurant called Klahhane Bistro. We sit high on the shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Port Angeles, Washington. Something happens when you spend the better part of a day, day after day, in a location like this: it relentlessly inspires a passion for place. When it came time to name our own chocolate bar, we knew it had to speak this passion.

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What is the origin of the name, Klahhane?
Nobody speaks this passion for place better than our ancestors. The Salish and Chinook people who have lived here for millennia, the French adventurers who traded with them, and the Irish settlers who sought to live among them created a pidgin language–the Chinook jargon–and in that language the strong, melodious word Klahhane (Kla-haw’-ny) means outside or outdoors, beloved by all the generations.

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What in the world is a “Northwest Attitude”?
It’s a combination of this connection to place, especially the out-of-doors, with a love of the local and handmade. It’s an understanding of the rightness of organic farming for both the grower and the consumers. We know we’re not the only ones who feel that the personal is political, but we take it seriously and enjoy some measure of pleasure knowing that we can shape the direction of planetary and community stewardship by the choices we make regarding the foods we eat and ways we spend our money.

That’s saddling a chocolate bar with a lot. But then, we have high expectations of our chocolate.

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