The Monarch Tea Room’s soft opening happens today

Tea For You

You live your Island life the same way you take your cuppa: Hot. Sweet. And milked for all it’s worth.

Which is why you understand that when things get bitter, you need to treat yourself to some honey: a calm-omile break. The Monarch Tea Room at Na Mea Hawaii fits that to a “tea.”

Owners Shakkel and Liza Yunis, who have backgrounds in business, moved from England to Hawaii after the idea of a Hawaiian culture-infused tea room began boiling over. They envisioned a cozy refuge designed to educate patrons about both fine teas and Hawaiian history.

Shakkel decorated the intimate space with an Old Hawaii theme and framed images of Hawaiian monarchs. Meanwhile, Liza brewed up an inventive sweet-and-savory menu inspired by flavors of the Islands with a seasoned pastry chef (the name’s a secret but it's someone who has whipped up delicacies at high-end locations). Think spicy lilikoi chicken sandwiches, taro dressing and Tahitian lime curd.

And the teas? The couple sourced from all over the world based on recommendations from renowned tea connoisseurs. Each staff member is equipped with a timer to monitor steeping time and has been trained on the exact temperature appropriate to each tea.

Wake up and smell the tea (or coffee) with a drink or scone to go from the counter, book the space for a small event (about 20 people) or try the classic afternoon experience.

Sounds like the makings of a tea party of which His Excellence Earl Grey would approve.

Soft opening today from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Order service for one, $28, or two, $36, or purchase teas and food a la carte from the counter. Located at Ward Warehouse. Hours are 10 a.m.–6 p.m., with afternoon tea being served between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. by booking only. Visit, call 330-8853 or email for availability.