Big Island tea cooperative optimistic about new ag venture

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Three acres are devoted to tea at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens in Volcano.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Interested parties laugh as chief tea officer Jason McDonald of the Hawaii Medicinal Tea and Herb Cooperative gives a tour of the various stages of tea plant growth Thursday at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens in Volcano.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Chief tea officer Jason McDonald of the Hawaii Medicinal Tea and Herb Cooperative gives a tour of the various stages of tea plant growth Thursday at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens in Volcano.

With the help of farmers, landowners, investors and consumers, a Big Island cooperative hopes to establish a specialty tea industry in Hawaii.