Organic Hawaii Premium Green Tea

Subtly complex with delicate buttery sweet green notes and a drying quality

certified organic fair trade certified
Organic Hawaii Premium Green Tea
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Organic Hawaii Premium Green Tea


We couldn’t be more delighted to offer this very rare and exceptional organic green tea grown in the United States. Cultivated on the misty slopes of the tallest mountain in the Pacific Ocean, this tea is harvested and manufactured in micro-lots on the Mauna Kea Tea Farm in Hawaii. Its namesake, Mauna Kea (pronounced “MOUN-na KAY-a”), means “white mountain” and provides a rich base of volcanic soil for this small, family-owned tea farm tucked away at 2,000 ft above sea level on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island.

Handpicked from the newest spring growth and pan-fired, this premium Hawaiian organic tea is a work of art. Each dried twist reminds of a bonsai limb artfully created to reveal the whole leaf and bud. Its uniform dark green color tinged with a slight bluish hue is tipped with a silver bud. The nose catches a wild greens aroma with floral notes. The brew is a beautifully clear, light yellow-green that is subtly complex: delicate; smooth; buttery; green; and sweet. Enjoy the slight dryness felt on the backend and note how it becomes more astringent as it cools. A true delight!

The organic certified Mauna Kea Tea Farm uses Masanobu Fukuoka Natural Farming. With a belief that the farm is ultimately a self-sustaining ecosystem, Mauna Kea employs a completely natural approach to farming using only weeds, cover crops, and mulch to increase fertility.

Ingredients: organic USA green tea

Origin: Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA


Hawaii is perhaps best known for its production of foods like Kona coffee, macadamia nuts, and exotic fruits. But one of its largest commodity crops, sugar cane, left the island within the last few decades to be produced more cheaply elsewhere. As a result, the USDA stepped in about 15 years ago to encourage the development of replacement crops, including tea. The big island in particular has an ideal tea growing environment, possessing volcanic soil of the perfect acidity, plenty of moisture (at least on the east side), and mountainous terrain. The Organic certified, Mauna Kea Tea Farm uses Masanobu Fukuoka Natural Farming. With a belief that the farm is ultimately a self-sustaining ecosystem, Mauna Kea employs a completely natural approach to farming using only weeds, cover crops, and mulch to increase fertility. Read our blog post about our trip to the Hawaiian tea farms!

Steeping Instructions


At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend green and white teas to be steeped for 2 to 3 minutes in water heated to not-quite-boiling, just as bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pan (approximately 170 to 180 degrees F). For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible. Try not to steep your tea longer than necessary, as you’ll extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves. If you want a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!

Looking for more info? Check out our How-To Guides and Eco-Brewing Tips!

Staff Perspectives

  • Trish

    "The leaves on this tea have such lovely curled leaves, almost spiral like. They unfurl beautifully! Pleasing to the eye and the taste buds. "

  • Jeremy

    "Finally, a USA-grown green tea that can stand up to its international counterparts."

  • Aubrey

    "This tea has an umami that is similar to that of a Japanese Sencha and Gyokuro, but without the strong astringency."

Health Benefits


Like all true tea, green tea offers many potential health benefits. Research has found that tea (Camellia sinensis) can have many positive effects on human health, including improved cardiovascular function, cancer risk reduction, improved immune function, improved oral health, and help with weight management. Tea is also full of polyphenols, which are a class of antioxidant that help your body maintain homeostasis and balance your stress levels.

Green tea specifically is known for its array of health benefits, which have been supported by a growing number of studies. Green tea research has demonstrated that it may be an effective anticancer agent for breast cancer, lung cancer, kidney cancer and prostate cancer, among others. Studies have shown a link between green tea and weight loss, and the ability to modulate energy metabolism, aid in body fat regulation, and possibly promote preferential loss in abdominal fat. Research has also shown that green tea may increase performance for short term memory tasks, as well as being increasing potency of antibiotics. Other peer-reviewed studies link green tea to healthy skin, help with lowering cholesterol, and regulating diabetes. It’s important to keep in mind that many of these studies monitor subjects who drink several cups of green tea per day.

For more information about the health benefits of green tea, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Tea Health Benefits page!

Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  • 5
    Mild but pleasing

    Posted by Camille on 12th Dec 2018

    This green tea was a treat to brew. It has a nuanced, subtle flavour, not quite as bold as other greens, but can still hold its own. I agree with my fellow reviewers that a higher temperature brought out more accents, so it is best to fiddle a bit to determine what your ideal temperature would be. Realistically not an everyday tea in my case at this price point, but a great special occasion tea for sure. Certainly worth sampling for the curious!

  • 5
    Delicate & clean

    Posted by Danielle on 31st Aug 2018

    I stopped drinking teas and herbals after reading about their pesticides content. Now I drink this organic Hawaii tea every morning in a delicate, thin rim, small cup. A perfect, centering ritual to begin my day. Early on I thought this tea was too mild, I was brewing it at 160 as I used to with other green teas. Now I brew it a bit hotter and hotter yet a the second infusion.

  • 5
    Let’s hear it for USA!

    Posted by Rod Chilson on 21st Mar 2018

    America has finally produced a tea that can be taken seriously. Because let’s face it the big 3, India, China, and Japan dominate premium tea production. Starting with the leaves, so alluring, it has an interesting color almost like lava rock. In the bag you get honest leaf not a bunch of debris. The infusion is super pale, lighter than most white teas. When brewed the leaves relax into visibly meticulous tea plant pluckings. On the palate kombu comes to mind, it has a strong vegetal note with a backbone of proper bitterness. The theanine content is pretty high, and this tea is a rare example of a green tea that I’d like to age for a few years to develop. The price is up there though, this price tag enters the realm of some Bi Lou Chun teas in my collection, so it’s more of a special occasion tea versus a daily sipper. Overall it’s a nice tea with the novelty of being American, and best of all it’s certified organic.

  • 5

    Posted by Morgan Strow on 14th Oct 2017

    After learning about the lead content in many Chinese green teas, I looked for an American version. Wow! This tea is amazing, and I would be happy to drink nothing but this. While writing this review, I'm drinking the sweet roast of the same farm but only because I'm out of the premium. If you can swing the cost, go for the premium green tea. It is smooth and delightful.

  • 4
    Too Expensive

    Posted by Greg Eldridge on 18th Aug 2017

    This is an excellent tea. It is like a Toyota Camry. It has been engineered to be perfect. However, the outcome is something that checks all the boxes, but is a little bland. It could use a little more definition. This tea is several times more expensive than Gyokuro. In my opinion Japanese Gyokuro is as good as it gets. For Chinese tea it is hard to beat dragon well. Although this is an excellent tea of top quality I do not feel it is worth the significant price premium over Gyokuro or Dragonwell.

  • 5
    Very pleased

    Posted by Unknown on 1st May 2015

    I was very happy with this tea. I got it wanting to try something new. Defiantly worth getting!

  • 5
    Great for special occasions and gifts

    Posted by Alison on 7th Aug 2014

    I tend to brew hotter than recommendations, because I like to bring out a little bitterness and astringency. This tea has very little. It is incredibly smooth with a clean finish, and tastes a bit vegetal. The leaves unroll and fan out whole. Most of the leaves are about an inch to an inch and a quarter long when fully extended (which gives you an idea of maturity, and also the delicate way they must be harvested and packaged). I took photos of the leaves and brewing and have a more detailed review in this Tumblr post of mine, if you are interested:

  • 5
    I drink this every morning!! Its the best.

    Posted by Unknown on 13th Mar 2014

    I have been drinking green tea for awhile now and I would have to say this is one of the best teas I have had. I love it!

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