Tea in Strange Places – Hawaii
By William I. Lengeman III
With all due respect to the good people of our fiftieth state, most of us in the other forty-nine and likely much of the world at large probably think of it as a sun-drenched vacation spot whose main exports are pineapple, macadamia nuts, and a high grade of coffee known as Kona. But in recent years Hawaii has been making a name for itself, albeit in a modest way thus far, for producing another popular beverage. Yes, you know the one. Tea!
As I’ve noted in a number of articles in these very pages, the United States is not exactly what you’d call a hotbed of tea production. The longest standing effort in this arena...