Couple celebrates King Kalakaua's love of teaUPDATED 7:26 PM HST Jun 28, 2014Video Transcript
introduced to Hawaii in the 1700s..and now some are part of island culture. KITV 4's Ashley Moser shows us how one couple traveled thousands of miles to highlight influences of a certain drink. It's a culture that's evident in pictures of Hawaiian Monarchy -- from their dress to the way they celebrated -- King Kalakaua even dubbed "Merrie Monarch -- after a British King -- because he enjoyed elegant dinners and Afternoon Tea. nat of pouring And it's that love of tea that U-K native Shakkel and his wife Liza moved to Hawaii to try and preserve. Liza 28:24 "THERE WAS A FASCINATION WITH THE ROYAL FAMILY WITH BRITISH CULTURE, AFTERNOON TEAS AND THAT'S NOT JUST IN HAWAII. THAT'S GENERALLY ALL OVER THE WORLD." 28:34 But here in the islands they've created a tea room steeped with Hawaiian culture. In the back corner of Na Mea Hawaii you'll find the staff serving up much more than a hot drink. Shakkel 24:33 "WE'VE GOT ALL STAFF HERE TRAINED UP WITH SNIPPETS OF INFORMATION THAT WE THINK ARE PROMOTING THE TRUE ESSENCE OF YOUR HERITAGE AND CULTURE." 25:43 Facts like King Kalakaua loved the drink so much -- his 50th birthday was celebrated at Iolani Palace with an afternoon tea party. The walls also sharing Hawaii's history. Customers can marvel at portraits of ali'i something Shakkel says will remind them of thepowerful Hawaiian people. Shakkel 26:08 "TRYING TO PROMOTE ADVOCATE AND CELEBRATE THE MONARCHY AND NOT COMMERCIALIZIN G IT AND BEING TRUE TO HAWAII." 26:17 Standup Ashley 34:57 "AND ALTHOUGH THE MONARCH TEA ROOM FOCUSES ON DIFFERENT TEA LEAVES FROM AROUND THE WORLD LIZA HAS SOMETHING THAT'S RIGHT HERE IN HAWAII. WHAT IS THIS? THIS IS MAMAKI TEA AND IT'S GROWN HERE ON OAHU AND IT'S AN ENDEMIC SHRUB." 35:09 Standup Ashley 35:21 "AND TASTES REALLY GOOD WITH LEMONGRASS AND MINT. WE CAN BREW IT HOT. COLD IS GOOD TOO." 35:28 Owners say by infusing local herbs into their blends -- it gives each sip -- Hawaiian flare. But they say it's not all about what's in the cup -- the love and aloha felt here is something they say King Kalakaua would appreciate. Liza 30:14 "HE SAID THERE'S A SPACE IN HAWAII FOR EVERY TYPE OF PERSON. AND WE WOULD LIKE TO REFLECT THAT INTO EVERY PERSON THAT COMES IN THE STORE." 30:20 Ashley Moser KITV 4 News. The Monarch Tea Room decor collection will continue to expand. Owners plan to add copies of the hand-written letters between Queen Victoria and Hawaii's Queen Emma to their walls.