by Mike


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

Read the front-page article:

by Mike

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:
 totus2_mike&rob totus_1st_green2
 Green, Oolong and Black Tea Winners  Green Tea Winners
 totus_acceptance2  totus_bai
 Mike and Rob Accepting Award  Bai-Alla Accepting Award
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 Non-Commercial White Tea Winners  Bai-Alla and Sarah


by Mike

Turning over a new leaf By Ye Jun (China Daily)

December 29, 2012 in Uncategorized by Mike

Turning over a new leaf
By Ye Jun (China Daily)

Tea has become more than just a beverage – some Chinese chefs are taking it to the soup pot, frying pan and mixing bowl to create many exciting and healthy dishes. Read the rest of this entry →

by Mike

Visiting Mauna Kea Tea

December 21, 2012 in Uncategorized by Mike

kimberlyRob and I, along with our dear friend Sylvana, had the distinct pleasure to visit Mauna Kea Tea Gardens today.  Here we were on the old Mamalahoa highway, in the heavy rain, driving up to Ahualoa under the towering Eucalyptus trees. I was transported back to the late 70’s when I first discovered this very special area of the Big Island.  Driving the winding road past the same old plantation homes, it was as if nothing had changed. Of course, Mauna Kea Tea was not here back then but today, it seemed as if it always was. Read the rest of this entry →

by Rob

Summer Begins at Onomea Tea!

June 26, 2012 in Processing, Uncategorized by Rob

L to R, Mike, Rob, Justin, Janice and Gary



Our summer harvests are beginning! After pruning about a month ago our tea is flushing again. We spent a cloudy Friday picking our upper field. Our friends, Janice and Gary were as surprised as we were when we looked at the time and noticed we’d been picking non stop for 7 hours. WOW! The result was a wonderful black tea, rich with caramel notes and honey aromas. Read the rest of this entry →

by Rob

What’s happening today, June 2, 2012

June 2, 2012 in Uncategorized by Rob

The tea fields have been picked ending the spring flush. It’s time to prune the tops of the plants to encourage new growth. The upper field has been pruned, the lower field will be completed today. This will be followed by foliar feeding of compost tea. Compost tea is a brew made from our own compost which encourages microorganism growth to enhance the soil and opens the growth path for the tea plants. We’ll also mow the grass that has gotten a bit too tall. The grass cutting will be used in our compost to raise the temperature of the compost and add nitrogen. All in a day.