Hobbyists Building a Tea Industry

The security agent waited patiently as we maneuvered our bags of precious cuttings of Camellia sinensis into the x-ray machine at the Hilo International Airport. Ketsana Phitsamay and I had spent the entire day preparing and packing tea bushes from the Mealani Research Center on the Big Island of Hawaii. We were determined to preserve every one on our short flight back to Oahu. The cuttings were for a modest nursery we had started together in 2011, in a valley adjacent to the concrete jungl

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