by Mike

Tropical Tea Article in ‘Big Island Traveler’

April 27, 2016 in links, promotions, Tea Education by Mike

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April 25, 2016 in Uncategorized by Mike

Onomea Tea Song
by Jim Nunally, Nell Robinson, Rob Nunally, and Mike Longo

Over the bay of Onomea
Emerald green in graceful rows
Endless skies by pacific seas
The Onomea tealeaf grows

Passing whales with white froth greet
The ancient Ohi’a Lehua
Once the home of sugarcane
In the presence ‘aumakua

Trade-winds lifted our souls today
Drawing us in from so far away
To walk with friends this heaven on earth
Bringing us home to Onomea

Morning sun and camellia blooms
Tender peckos opening
A downy bud plucked plus two
/Plus three for oolong tea

Placed with love in woven bamboo
Perhaps softly wilt in tropic sun
Or withering in cool and shaded air
Spread by hands old and young


Floral aromas rise so fair
The earthy palate of tealeaves
This is our gift, Malama ‘Aina
Black and green and koko ki

So the blessings of love and land
In natures perfect harmony
Like the flowers of Naupaka
Bring us peace and Onomea tea


by Mike

The Power of Tea

February 29, 2016 in Uncategorized by Mike

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Onomea Tea Wins Big at 1st Tea Competition of US Tea Growers!

November 8, 2015 in Uncategorized by Mike

The first tea competition for US Tea Growers was held in Volcano, HI, on November 7. Ten US states were represented in the competition and 79 teas were submitted. Onomea Tea won 6 awards, 1st and 3rd place in the Green Tea Category, 2nd and 3rd place in the Oolong Category and 2nd and 3rd place in the Black Tea Category. Teas submitted were judged by world renowned tea professionals, Selena Akmed, Kevin Gascoyne, Jane Pettigrew, and Bruce Richardson. Judges also gave informative presentations about the tea industry. Teas were judged blindly and on their own merits with no knowledge of who or where the teas were grown or processed. All twelve awards for commercial growers went to the growers on big island of Hawaii. The TOTUS competition ( was a remarkable and professionally executed event. We appreciate Onomea Tea being recognized and thank Eva Lee, the judges, the Volcano Art Center and all those responsible for the first tea competition for USA grown teas.
Below are some other pictures we took during the event. Bai-Alla is our part-time Farm Manager and he grows tea up in Volcano as well.  His White Tea won 1st and 3rd prize. We hope to be selling his wonderful White Tea on this site soon:
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 Green, Oolong and Black Tea Winners  Green Tea Winners
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 Mike and Rob Accepting Award  Bai-Alla Accepting Award
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 Non-Commercial White Tea Winners  Bai-Alla and Sarah


by Mike

Being808 Video Interview

March 21, 2015 in Health Benefits of Tea, Organic, Tea Education by Mike

Being808 Inteview

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Researchers find key mechanism in green tea anti-cancer properties By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn+ , 29-Jan-2015

February 3, 2015 in Health Benefits of Tea by Mike


Oral cancer prevention


Green tea and apple compound epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) may trigger a process which sees oral cancer cells killed while healthy cells are left untouched, according to US researchers.

In vitro findings suggest that EGCG polyphenols cause oxidative damage in oral cancer cell mitochondria, which supply energy to the cells, and then spread to other parts of the cells causing them to die by attacking their antioxidant gene defenses. Healthy cells are not adversely affected and could even see their protective abilities increased. Oral cancer kills over 8,000 Americans every year and affects more than 43,000.

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Another ITEI Class offered at Onomea Tea – New World Teas Award

January 19, 2015 in Tea Education by Mike


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Hawaii 3 days Tea Study Trip – Hosted at Onomea Tea

Special Edition Price: $995.00 USD

Starts Thursday April 30 – Saturday May 2nd, 2015 (9am-5pm)- Includes discovery of 3 Hawaii tea gardens

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by Mike

Great Steepster Review of Premium Onomea Black Tea blend manufactured for Arbor Tea.

August 19, 2014 in links, promotions, Teas by Mike

This is a great review of Onomea Teas Special Balck Tea blend manufactured for Arbor Tea.

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February 16, 2014 in Tea Education by Mike


HILO, HAWAII, USA – Starts Thursday October 16th, 2014 (9am-5pm):  Open also to CTMA members, graduates, existing tea students from all levels in search of enhancing their tea skills and discovering new “Terroirs”

Professional Tea Training program leading to Certification following the completion of Part 1 and Part 2  listed below.


Tuition & Fees


Part 1

On-Site 3 day hands-on tea experience agenda program – $1,250
Students will be introduced to rare and exquisite world teas and to the oldest tea preparing skills « Selon les règles de l’Art ».
Students will dive into the Tea Sommelier universe, will understand the true meaning of a title such as Tea Master and the centuries old prerequisites to obtain such prestigious designation.
Students will learn how to apply  all the acquired education and skills into their future careers as Tea Sommeliers or any other segment of the tea Industry based upon their personal goals and ambitions.

by Mike

Matcha, What Should I Know About It?

October 24, 2013 in Health Benefits of Tea by Mike

By Cathy Wong

Updated August 02, 2013

Reviewed by a board-certified health professional. See’s Medical Review Board.

Matcha is a type of green tea that comes in powdered form. Matcha tea is prepared by whisking matcha powder with hot water, which forms a frothy liquid. Matcha powder is also sometimes used as an ingredient in foods and non-tea beverages (such as smoothies).

Long used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, matcha has recently gained popularity among tea drinkers in Western countries. Read the rest of this entry →