Friday, November 2, 2012

Hawaii tea crop called "world's best" - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Hawaii tea crop called "world's best" - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL
BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - -
Some experts in London, known as the black tea capitol of the world, say a crop from Hawaii is the world's best.
At $4,800 per pound the Big Island Tea Company has sold its first batch of leaves to the luxury retailer, Harrods of London. Tea connoisseurs there called the tea stunning, distinctive and the finest black tea ever.
The leaves are hand-picked, hand-rolled and hand-fired by Eliah Halpenny, who owns Big Island Tea with her husband, Cam Muir.
You won't be able to buy the tea anywhere in Hawaii or on the mainland. Big Island Tea signed an exclusive deal with Harrods.

Hands –On Tea Propagation Workshop
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Tuesday November 13, 2012 (repeat session)
9:00 am: Registration
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
UH-CTAHR Mealani Research Station
64-289 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea
Hosts: Randy Hamasaki & Stuart T. Nakamoto
Space limited to first 30 to preregister.
COST: $30 cash or check at the door
Bring your own clippers/pruner
Please call Perci or Randy at 887-6183 or email to reserve your spot and for last minute updates.
New crops and products are a diversification strategy to manage risk. Tea growers and aspiring tea growers are invited to visit the UHM-College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resource (CTAHR) Mealani Research Station in Waimea to learn about tea propagation using cuttings. Participants will learn about the in-ground method and will receive a planting tray and Oasis cubes (appx 50) so they can select and prepare their own cuttings.
Bring your own pruning shears, and come prepared for both full sun (sunscreen and other protection) as well as showers and chilly weather.
Driving Directions:
The Mealani Research Station is located at 64-289 Mamalahoa Highway (H19), just Hilo-side of the 53-mile marker on the mauka side. There is a blue “Mealani Research Station” sign at the entrance of the driveway. The phone number is 887-6185.
From the Hilo direction: Going toward Waimea, Mealani Station is 1.5 miles beyond the Waimea Country Club. Turn left into the driveway immediately before the blue sign.
From the Kona direction: Drive past Waimea town toward Hilo. Drive past the Hawaiian Homes Hall (Kuhio Hale) and Mana Road. Prepare to turn right shortly after passing the 53 milemarker. Go up the driveway immediately after the blue sign.
Open to everyone without regard to race, age, sex, color or disability. Educational activities are accessible for individuals with disabilities. For information or to request an auxiliary aid or service (e.g., sign language interpreter, designatedparking, or materials in alternate format), contact Stuart Nakamoto @(808) 956-8125 seven days before the activity/event

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