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Date Established 09/1994
Founder Byron & Satomi Goo
Headquarters Honolulu, HI
Press Contact Byron Goo


MANA | Tea For Immunity
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OLENA| Tea For Inflammation
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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. The Malama Aina core value guides sustainability to preserve and protect the lands and waters that sustain us.  They work with family-owned farms to source high quality organic, sustainable and local ingredients.

Women-owned; Minority-owned; Native Hawaiian owned; AAPI owned business.

Founding Story

Tea Chest Hawaii was originally founded in 1994 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.

Team Bios

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 depression of 2009 so they were quick to take action to prepare for the upheaval of a gloabl pandemic in 2020. LIttle did they know, that surviving and navigating the uncertiainties and many pivots presented by COVID wold be their greatest challege to date.


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