A MĀMAKI TEA COMPANY THAT SOURCES IN WOOD VALLEY, VOLCANO and beyond is expanding its national reach. Shaka Tea announced this week that it has secured a contract from 7-Eleven stores to distribute across the U.S. mainland. The Shaka Tea company describes māmaki as an "ancient, adaptogenic superleaf that is only found one place in the world: the Hawaiian archipelago. With a commitment to the health of our customers and the health of our ʻāina (land), Shaka Tea is a naturally caffeine-free, project non-GMO verified, 0cal/0g sugar product, supporting sustainable agriculture and economic abundance in Hawaiʻi."
Shaka Tea co-founder and President Bella Hughes told The Ka`u Calendar this week that her company began with māmaki tea from Wood Valley Ranch and still sources it from Matt and Andy Drayer through
|Shaka Tea got its start with māmaki grown|
in Wood Valley. Photo from Shaka Tea
company is based in Hilo.
The Shaka Tea venture was one of the subjects of Gov. David Ige's State of the State Address in January of 2017. See The Ka`u News Briefs story at http://kaunewsbriefs.blogspot.com/2017_01
This week's announcement describes Shaka Tea as "the first line of bottled iced teas on the market brewed with sustainably-grown, Hawaiian māmaki leaves," and states that Shaka Tea's "award-winning, herbal iced teas support healthy hydration and mindfulness without any calories, carbs or sugar and are
naturally caffeine-free." Hughes said the
national launch in March follows a successful rollout in Hawai`i 7-Eleven stores.
Hughes said, "We are thrilled to be available in 7-Eleven stores across the country with this new partnership. Growing with 7-Eleven enables us to reach new customers across the country offering health and wellness through the convenience of being available in 7-Eleven. Complementing our 7-Eleven debut, we will be launching our Shaka Staycation, digital wellness campaign."
The Shaka Staycation campaign is described as allowing people far from Hawai`i to experience "the Shaka state-of-mind within reach from your own neighborhood," and as helping people to experience the lifestyle of places like Hawai`i. "Working with lifestyle ambassadors from Hawaiʻi, Los Angeles, Denver, Phoenix, Austin and New York who will take customers beyond the bottle and share their best wellness
|Shaka Tea, with its māmaki base, comes in many flavors.|
Photo from Shaka Tea
The announcement says that "All four, tropical-botanical SKUs, Mango Hibiscus, Pineapple Mint, Guava Gingerblossom and Lemon Lokelani Rose will be available. Shaka Tea is a clean-label, Project Non-GMO Verified tea that is gently sweetened with monk fruit."
Shaka Tea was founded in 2016 by Oʻahu born and raised Hughes and her husband Harrison Rice. "The company's supply chain helps restore native ecosystem habitat through the planting of māmaki, which is the host plant for the Hawaiian native and endangered Kamehameha pollinator butterfly. Shaka Tea practices direct trade, sourcing their sustainably-grown and hand-harvested māmaki from 18, small, family farms on Hawaiʻi Island," says the announcement for the national launch with 7-Eleven.
Shaka Tea was recently declared 2020 U.S.A. Taste Champion and 2020 U.S.A. Beverage Champion by Chefs in America; won Best Low/No Sugar Drink Award in the 2020 InnoBev Awards presented by Zenith Global; and is the #2 Fastest Growing Company in Hawaiʻi by Pacific Business News 2020.
It is found in major retailers in the US, in Japan and online. To learn more, visit www.shakatea.com and follow on Instagram @drinkshakateaTo read comments, add your own, and like this story, see Facebook. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter. See our Fresh Food on The Kaʻū Calendar and our latest print edition at kaucalendar.com.
|A call for prayer in Ocean View for Pastor Lance Ako, who has shown some recovery after|
being hit head-on when while riding an ATV and listed in critical condition.. A GoFundMe page is online.
A GOFUNDME PAGE IS SET UP FOR PASTOR LANCE AKO, who has shown some recovery after being flown to Queens Hospital in critical condition following a head-on collision while riding an ATV in Ocean View on Wednesday.
|Pam and Lance Ako from Hope DIA-mend|
Ministries in Ocean View.
Pam Ako reported today that Lance Ako faces a broken spine in several places. Ribs were fractured. "It is important for blood pressure to be normalized - wounds to be healed - need good blood flow," but internal bleeding has stopped and the swelling in his head has diminished. "Prayers are being heard," she said, asking folks to pray for "wisdom for doctors and staff. He is receiving the best care ever from Queens. We are very grateful for everyone's outpouring Love and Caring hearts."
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TWO NEW COVID-19 CASES ON THIS ISLAND WERE REPORTED by the state Department of Health today. Thirty-five were reported on Oʻahu, 12 on Maui, and zero on Kauaʻi, Molokaʻi and Lanaʻi. Ten Hawaiʻi residents were diagnosed out of state.
Kīlauea’s current lava lake formed on December 20th and rose rapidly within Halema‘uma‘u crater during the dynamic first week of the ongoing summit eruption. Near the end of December, the eruption stabilized and the lava lake has been slowly changing since then. The vent on the north wall of Halema‘uma‘u shutdown about one week into the eruption and a narrow ledge of lava began to solidify around the perimeter of the lava lake. As the days went by, it became clear that a “perched” lava lake was beginning to form. Lava lakes become perched as crust that solidifies around the lake perimeter, along with the accumulation of surface crust at the lake margin, is frequently resurfaced by small lava overflows. These overflows build up a levee that surrounds the lava lake. As the lake level rises, overflows continue to resurface and heighten the levee. Perched lava lakes have been common at Kīlauea over the past 200 years.
As lava continued to erupt from the west vent, the active western portion of the lava lake built up perched levees above the stagnant eastern surface crust. The active lava lake remains perched above its base by several meters or yards.
The crust on the eastern portion of the lava lake has remained solidified for about a month now, but it continues to rise within the crater. How is this possible? The main mechanism driving the rise of the crust is active lava from the perched lake seeping down underneath the solidified crust to force it upward.
As the eastern crust rises, lava squeezes up in areas between the solidified crust and the crater walls, forming small ooze-outs around the perimeter of the lake. These ooze-outs are evidence that this “apparently solid” ground is a thin crust lying on top of molten lava.
The rise of the lava lake has been interrupted by several plateaus, and even drops, in level over the past few weeks. These have been recorded by a USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) continuous laser rangefinder—which records the level of a fixed area of the active lava lake surface. How is a drop in lava lake level possible while the vent continues to erupt lava into the lake?
There are several factors that can contribute to the leveling off, or even decrease, in the lava lake level. First, the lava level mirrors the summit tilt closely. As the summit magma reservoir decreases in pressure (deflation) there is typically a lower effusion rate—or less lava entering the lava lake. When the supply rate is down, ongoing processes that cause the active lava surface to drop become more apparent.
Smaller short-term drops in lava level could be due, in part, to minor collapses of the perched levee walls allowing some of the lava to drain down into an area of lower elevation. Another process mentioned earlier, is lava seeping below the eastern, solidified crust to promote uplift of the stagnant lava surface.
Volcanic gases also play a large role in these processes. Most gas is released when the gas-rich lava is first erupted in Halema‘uma‘u, though some remains in the lava as bubbles. Over time, some of those bubbles slowly escape from the lava lake, and the lake level may drop in response—like foam being compressed.
Despite occasional drops in the lava lake level, the overall trend of the lava level is rising. Most recent lava level measurements were about 217 m (712 ft) on February 18. This level is still approximately 45 m (148 ft) below where the lava is expected to be visible from Kīlauea Overlook within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
Similar lava lake behaviors were also reported at Kīlauea during the 1800s and 1900s. As HVO scientists continue to closely monitor Kīlauea’s ongoing summit eruption with modern equipment, we learn more about how these processes work and develop a better understanding of past and potential future eruptions.
Volcano Activity Update Kīlauea Volcano is erupting. Its USGS Volcano Alert level is at WATCH (https://www.usgs.gov/natural-hazards/volcano-hazards/about-alert-levels). Kīlauea updates are issued daily. Lava activity is confined to Halemaʻumaʻu with lava erupting from a vent on the northwest side of the crater. As of the morning of February 17, the lava in the western, active potion of the lake in Halema'uma'u was about 215 m (705 ft) deep, with the eastern portion of the lava lake solidified at the surface. Summit tiltmeters show neither inflation or deflation over the past day. Sulfur dioxide emission rate measurements made on February 16 were about 1,200 t/d, below the range of emission rates from the pre-2018 lava lake. Seismicity remains elevated but stable, with elevated tremor and a few minor earthquakes. For the most current information on the eruption, see