Onomea Tea Company
Onomea Tea Company is a boutique tea estate located a few miles north of Hilo (off Hwy 19) on a bluff overlooking Onomea Bay. The owners planted their first camellia sinensis in 2002 and quickly became inspired to plant more and continue their artisanal efforts to expand the agricultural boundaries of Hawai’i. Their teas are organically grown in the rich, acidic based volcanic soils and are hand-picked and carefully processed into white, green, oolong and black teas. Visitors are welcome. Sampling teas in the beautiful environment in which they were grown enhances the reflective tea experience, and provides an ideal opportunity to Relax & Renew.
A walk in one of the exquisite natural environments of a Hawaiian tropical and botanical garden is sure to delight the senses and soothe the soul. The Gardens at Nani Mau in Hilo are open daily to the public and comprise 20 acres of lush, manicured plots including a fruit orchard, lily ponds, hibiscus and flowering ginger gardens, a Japanese garden, orchid house and restaurant. Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is the handiwork of a private couple who spent years of backbreaking work hand clearing 40 acres of a wildly overgrown jungle valley so as not to disturb or destroy the native environment. It opened to the public in 1984 and is located eight miles north of Hilo (off Hwy 19) at the end of a four mile scenic drive. The valley acts as a natural greenhouse for more than 2000 species of orchids, palms, gingers, bromeliads and other rare and exotic plants and is edged by the Pacific Ocean. The property features hand hewn walking paths weaving past streams and waterfalls and winding down to the sea and the remains of the historic Onomea Arch. World Botanical Gardens is located on a 300 acre property upslope on Mauna Kea 16 miles north of Hilo (off Hwy 19) along the Umauma River. The river feeds Umauma Falls, a triple–tier waterfall that cascades nearly 300 feet through the tropical rainforest and is the centerpiece of the gardens. Other features include nature trails (some wheelchair accessible), a children’s maze, Hawaiian medicinal plants, an arboretum, and gardens containing food plant species such as mango, guava, papaya, pineapple, banana and breadfruit.