|Founder||Byron & Satomi Goo|
Beverage, Health & Wellness
|Press Contact||Byron Goo|
Teas as unique as Hawaii itself - a fluid mix of cultures including native Hawaiian - for moments of warmth, relaxation and well-being in a world that grows increasingly hectic. Hawaiian Natural Tea is all of these things, in cup after cup.
These blends feature plant-based nutrients and adaptogens for enhanced well-being. Our Malama Aina sustainability core value guides us to preserve and protect the lands and waters that sustain us. We work with a global network of some 30 family-owned farms including in the US and Hawaii, to source high quality sutainably cultivated ingredients under certified organic, biodynamic and naturally farmed (zero chemicals) designations.
Our parent company is Tea Chest Hawaii which is a women-owned, minority-owned and native Hawaiian owned small business. Founded in September 1995, Honolulu-based Tea Chest Hawaii is the only full-service specialty tea purveyor in the state and is led by husband and wife duo Byron and Satomi Goo. Teamakers Byron and Satomi draw on their Hawaiian, Chinese, and Japanese heritage—cultures each with their own tea-based traditions—to bring teas with a sense of place to the modern table. The business has expanded to work directly with both US and international growers to source organic, biodynamic, and Hawaii-grown ingredients.
Tea Chest Hawaii was originally founded in 1995 by Byron and Satomi Goo, beginning as a distributor of fine teas. Not long after, Byron and Satomi began their evolution as tea makers, drawing on their Hawaiian, Chinese and Japanese heritage — cultures with deep-rooted tea traditions — to source and craft teas for the modern table. Today, they offer three distinctive house brands — Hawaiian Natural Tea (organic tea bags), Island Essence (signature blends of loose tea) and Tea Chest Hawaii Tropical Iced Tea and several specialty collections. Their signature Original Blend Nilgiri Iced Tea, the base of all our iced teas, was named Best Iced Tea in America in a national competition sponsored by the Tea Association of The U.S.A.
The company has since revolutionized the tea category for the state's hospitality industry with unprecedented product selection, equipment support and professional staff training. A medium to long term goal of the company is to develop a local tea industry including locally grown ingredients that complement the state's world renown coffee industry.
As Founders, Byron and Satomi Goo have created an innovative tea company that has weathered many ups and downs since 1995. The company survived through 9/11 and the financial recession of 2009 so they were quick to take action to prepare for the upheaval of a gloabl pandemic in 2020. LIttle did they know, surviving and navigating the uncertiainties and many pivots presented by COVID would be their greatest challege to date. They credit focusing on the needs of their online "ohana" and sharing the aloha spirit with this growing community blessed them with a renewed sense of purpose and fire.