Field Guide: Moiliili
Here are a few places you can enjoy a cup of tea, shop for books or make some pots in the Moiliili area.
The Tea Farm Café
Opened early this year, the Tea Farm Café serves 50 varieties of loose tea from Japan, China, India, Sri Lanka and Africa. Owner Ervin Gong has always had an interest in tea and became knowledgeable on the subject while traveling in Asia and living in Beijing. Gong has labeled the teas with detailed descriptions of their flavors and health benefits, and invites customers to explore by smelling the tea and examining the leaves close up. You can even mix leaves and add ingredients, such as rosebud or peppermint, to accentuate flavor. Customers can steep their tea in either a gaiwan (lidded tea cup) or a teapot. The shop offers free WiFi and serves sandwiches, wraps and homemade desserts. Tea drinkers are welcome to partake in the café’s book-exchange program. 2600 S. King St. 106, 945-2679, theteafarm.com.
The Hawaii Potters’ Guild
The Hawaii Potters’ Guild, founded in 1967, offers wheel throwing, hand building and raku classes. Students can also learn to mix glazes and load a kiln. There are between 120 and 140 people involved in the guild, 80 of whom are members. Students who take more than four classes become guild members. The studio offers classes from eight experienced instructors and is equipped with 15 wheels and a wide selection of glazes. 2480 Bingham St., 941-8108, hawaiipottersguild.org.
Cathy O. Lee’s store, Cathy’s Marketplace, sells a mix of consignment and new luxury furniture. In addition to furniture, patrons can learn about design and décor, as the store hosts workshops and runs a style center, where professionals help guests with their design needs. People selling furniture can choose to donate their profits to nonprofit organizations, such as the American Heart Association. 1110 University Ave., 545-7787.
Did you know?
Moiliili is riddled with underground limestone water caves. In the 1950s, the caves were accessible via a natural lake that surrounded The Willows restaurant. For more information, check out “10 Places You Can’t Go,” in our August 2010 issue, at honolulumagazine.com.
The Church of the Crossroads
The Church of the Crossroads was designed by architect Claude Albon Stiehl and was constructed in 1935. Part of the United Church of Christ, the building features Christian, Asian and Hawaiian symbols, which represent the diversity of its original and current members. According to Shizouko Mukaida, a longtime member, “The church was founded for the young Chinese and Japanese who wanted to worship together in an English-speaking church.” With its Family Promise Program, the church houses and feeds homeless families for up to a week. 1212 University Ave., 949-2220.
Independent bookstore Revolution Books has been fighting the Man for 35 years. It offers new and used books on poetry, history, local issues, environment, art, political science and theory. The store also holds free events every Sunday at 3 p.m. This month’s events include poetry readings. 2626 S. King St. #201, 944-3106.