About Us

Who we are...

The Hawaii Medicinal Tea & Herb Cooperative (HTC) was established in March 2016 by award winning Mississippi tea farm developer Jason McDonald and Grif Frost, serial entrepreneur and Hilo based cooperative business development specialist. 

In July 2016, Takeshi and Corinne Akatsuka, second generation owners of Akatsuka Orchid Garden nursery and retail business, a 30 acre property, located adjacent to the Hawaii Volcano National Park, a major Hawaii visitors destination, joined the Cooperative. 

In April 2018, Eric Swilley of Mana Property Development and Nigel Melican of Teacraft joined HTC to develop Hawaii based tea farms and to provide turnkey tea farm development services for landowners and investors.

What's happening?

HTC is on BigIslandNow!  See our announcement HERE !

We're pleased to announce our first Media Day, scheduled November 8 at 9:00AM (HST) at the Akatsuka Orchid Gardens.  We're inviting all our neighbors, family, and news outlets to join us for field tours and Q&A with our distinguished consultants and board members!  Check out the Facebook event:   HTC Media Day

And check out our first official press release HERE !

HTC has planted neaarly 20,000 Camellia Sinensis bushes in 4 months and is on schedule to deliver over 30,000 more in the coming months!

Follow all the action on FaceBook:   #HawaiiTeaCoop

Become a member!

Whether you’re a member landowner who wishes to develop your own specialty tea farm with the HTC’s services, a member landowner who wishes to develop your own specialty tea farm with a cooperative group of member investors, or just a member investor who wants to own a specialty tea farm without owning land or getting your hands dirty, HTC has a model for you to explore.  If you want to begin your journey toward owning your own tea farm, contact HTC today!

Need more detail?  Check out our Hawaii Tea FAQ,  Landowner & Investor FAQ,  HTC Member Opportunity Exchange, and currently available Investment Opportunities!


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We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.


11-3051 Volcano Road, Volcano, HI 96785

(808) 796-0515