Kilinoe Forest Farm Tour.
We offer private or group tours of our tea garden followed by tasting Big Island Tea: `A`a Black Tea and Kilinoe Green Tea.
Eliah has over 30 years experience in creative landscaping and 16 years farming tea. Cam has 24 years of university teaching (biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, etc). Together, Eliah and Cam tell a fun and interesting story of the culinary, cultural, ecological, social, and scientific underpinnings of Big Island Tea.
Big Island Tea was established, and planted its first tea trees in 2001. In 2004, Kilinoe Tea Forest was planted by Eliah and Cam to replace a commercial/greenhouse operation which was surrounded by 7‘ invasive grass. “Kilinoe” means misty rain in Hawaiian, which is the prevailing weather pattern on the farm. We are rehabilitating a native cloud forest habitat in which tea thrives at on the NE slope of Mauna Loa volcano.
FYI: wild tea is a forest dwelling sub-canopy tree.
Line-up, Cost & Reservation.
- Educational tour of Kilinoe Forest
- Cupping of `A`a Black Tea and Kilinoe Green Tea
- Big Island Tea gift tin per visitor
- Tour times: 10am & 2pm ~ 2 hrs
$75 for 1 or 2 people; $35 each extra person; $25 for teens 13-17yrs; Children free.
Reservations are required. Please contacts us.
Learn to Process Green Tea Workshop.
After 15 years of processing tea, Big Island Tea now gives workshops on how to hand-pick, hand-roll a whole leaf green tea. The day's schedule includes an educational tour of the farm followed by a sampling of Big Island Tea. We spend 2 hours picking tea, break for lunch while the picked leaves wilt and then come back to learn how to fire and roll the leaves. The workshop starts at 9am and ends around 4pm. Visitors return the next day to pick up their dried finished tea to take home to share their Hawai`i tea farm experience.
$200 for the 1st guest, each additional guest is $75.
Contact us for further details.