Internationally renowned tea expert to hold June 4 workshop on Big Island

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: May 18, 2010

UH Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and the Hawaii Tea Society will host a tea workshop featuring world-renowned tea expert Jane Pettigrew from the United Kingdom, on Friday, June 4, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Mealani Research Station at 64-289 Mamalahoa Highway in Kamuela on the Big Island. 
Pettigrew will speak on the cultural nuances of the world tea industry and how Hawai‘i tea growers can benefit from those nuances. The presentation will be of interest to tea lovers, those who want to learn more about different tea varieties and the countries that produce them, and tea processors.
A cupping evaluation for Hawaii tea growers will also be offered by Pettigrew. Interested growers can enter up to three teas per farm, and should register with 6 grams per tea at 2:30 p.m.
Pettigrew is a tea specialist, historian, and consultant who has written 13 books on varied aspects of tea, its production, history and culture. She also writes for tea-related magazines and journals. Her most recent research has included the tea regions of Vietnam, Korea, Bolivia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the U.S. This year, three of Pettigrew’s Hawai‘i grown teas will be featured at the June 2010 World Tea Expo in Las Vegas. 
Admission to the tea workshop is $8 at the door and free for CTAHR and Hawai‘i Tea Society members. For more information, on Oahu contact CTAHR faculty member Stuart T. Nakamoto at or (808) 956-8125. On the Big Island, contact CES agent Randall Hamasaki at (808) 887-6183 or