In looking for a replacement for the Chinese teas we stumbled across the up and coming Hawaii tea industry. We had a vacation planned for Kona and set about finding tea plantations in Hawaii engaged in organic and sustainable practices. Thankfully, we came across Onomea Tea Company and decided to pay a visit! It turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip. We got to tour the grounds and learn a lot about the various types of teas grown on plantation, the adaptations being made for Hawaiian growing conditions, and a little about the selection, breeding, growing, and harvest process for teas.
Next we got an explanation and tour of the rest of tea process including how different varieties of teas are processed. Finally, we get to do a tea tasting with a stunning view of the cliffs and the bay with fresh warm scones and homemade lilikoi butter and other jams.
I would absolutely recommend visiting if in Kona!