Something new: The Monarch Tea Room


There aren’t too many tea rooms in Honolulu, so there is certainly room for one more. The latest is The Monarch Tea Room, located in the back of Na Mea Hawaii/Native Books in the Ward Warehouse.

Liza and Shakkel Yunis, who moved to Hawaii from London, created the tea room to provide a tea experience that they know and love. The location in Na Mea fits their concept, as it ties back to Hawaii’s history and the monarchy — King David Kalakaua learned about British afternoon tea in his travels around the world, and fell in love with it.

You don’t have to order the full afternoon tea set if you visit The Monarch Tea Room, as items are available ala carte. For my cofficing friends, I need to point out that there is free wifi (do we now call this a tea-fice?), and it’s a comfortable place to rest, read, or work with a pot of luxury tea. An added bonus that Shakkel didn’t realize until last week: They have prime parade viewing from the window.


The Monarch Tea Room is having its grand opening on Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live entertainment, tea brewing and sampling stations, a monarchy competition in the store, and more.

The Monarch Tea Room

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Liza and Shakkel Yunis from London, who own The Monarch Tea Room. Liza is more than passionate about tea; she holds a Tea Masterclass Certificate, which means she can tell you whatever you want to know about tea.

The Monarch Tea Room
1050 Ala Moana Blvd, Suite 1000