General Questions

Why Shaka Tea?

Māmaki is an ancient, herbal tea that is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, Shaka Tea’s naturally caffeine-free herbal teas are ZERO calories, carbs, and sugar, gently sweetened with monk fruit and brewed with handpicked māmaki leaves, an herbal tea only found in the Hawaiian Islands.

Where can I find Shaka Tea?

Shaka Tea is sold online and in 8,500 retail stores nationwide (and growing! To find Shaka Tea at a store near you, head to our store locator: https://shakatea.com/pages/store-locator

How can I stock Shaka Tea in my store?

Let’s get you some Shaka Tea! Visit our wholesale page here and complete the online inquiry form. Team Shaka Tea will be in touch within 48 hours to assist and get you connected with distribution.

How can I contact Team Shaka Tea for support?

Is Shaka Tea made in Hawaiʻi?

We are brewed with Hawaiʻi-grown and processed (dried) māmaki, but then co-pack and brew our teas in the US and in Japan. This enables us to live our mission to the fullest  - support sustainable agriculture and economic abundance in the Hawaiian Islands, by paying local farmers a premium, and then connecting their crop, māmaki to global demand. By co-packing in the larger markets we serve outside of Hawaiʻi, we have a product that is priced for everyday usage occasions, and this enables us to share our healthy and delicious teas with the world.

What does “shaka” mean?

A “shaka” is synonymous globally with surf culture and is the unofficial symbol of Hawaiʻi, leave the “hang loose” translation for the mainland! We throw shakas all day, every day; to say everything from “howzit,” “hello,” “goodbye,” “right on,” “take it easy,” “alrighttttt,” and to change lanes when driving. To make a shaka, you curl your three middle fingers while extending your thumb and baby finger. Living in Hawaiʻi, you throw and see shakas daily, it’s become ubiquitous in photos, and is used heavily by local politicians rather than a wave during campaign season. 


Many origin stories around the invention of shaka abound, we feel the most consistent one traces back to a man from Lā‘ie, O’ahu named Hamana Kalili, who lost an index, middle, and ring finger in an accident at the Kahuku Sugar Mill in the 1940s. He then became a security guard and would use a shaka to sign passengers and kicking kolohe keiki (rascal kids) off of the sugar train regularly, so much so that they used the shaka to signal when the coast was clear.

Ingredients

What is māmaki?

Māmaki is an ancient, herbal tea that is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, only found and grown here, making it one of the rarest herbal teas in the world. It is related to the nettle family and naturally evolved here as we don’t have any land predators, to be stingless. 

What are the benefits of māmaki?

Māmaki has been revered for centuries in traditional, Native Hawaiian lāʻau lapaʻau as a tonic. Māmaki has been known to promote healthy cardiovascular functions; lower stress and fatigue levels; support good sleep. The bark of the māmaki also has been pounded to make kapa, a traditional bark cloth found in Hawaiʻi. To learn more about the studies behind māmaki and measurement of antioxidant levels found in the leaves that are shown to be higher than green tea from this independent study, please click here

How is Shaka Tea sweetened with ZERO calories or sugar?

We use monk fruit, which is 150-200x sweeter than sugar, resulting in us using such a small amount to gently sweeten our iced tea. Monk fruit is indeed a fruit and 100% natural!

Is there stevia or erythritol in Shaka Tea?

Shaka Tea only uses pure, monk fruit concentrate for a hint of sweetness.

Is there anything artificial in Shaka Tea?

Never! Shakas up to your new clean label obsession.

Does Shaka Tea contain caffeine?

Shaka Tea is naturally caffeine-free perfect for that mid-day lift without the crash!

Product

Is Shaka Tea non-GMO?

Shakas Up to keeping it real! Shaka Tea is Project non-GMO verified.

Is Shaka Tea Kosher?

Shaka Tea is indeed certified Kosher.

Can Diabetics drink Shaka Tea?

100% Yes! Shaka Tea is diabetic friendly and supports the American Diabetes Association with community events within our local chapter in Hawai’i.

Is Shaka Tea organic?

​​Shaka Tea is currently not certified organic, but we are proud to be Project Non-GMO Verified. We use many organic ingredients, often working directly with small, family farms for our māmaki needs who do not have the capacity to go through organic certification, but all commit to growing māmaki sustainably.

Can children consume Shaka Tea?

Shaka Tea is a crowd pleaser for the whole ‘ohana. Naturally caffeine-free, both children and children at heart can enjoy Shaka Tea together. (Don’t forget to stock up once the kiddos discover your Shaka Tea stash!)

Can I consume Shaka Tea while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes and Yes. Shaka Tea was founded in 2016 when co-founder Bella Hughes was pregnant with her second child and looking for a caffeine-free herbal tea to enjoy (and share with her ‘ohana).

Are Shaka Tea bottles recyclable?

Yes, they also make great, upcycled vases (we love everything floral and botanical here at Shaka Tea).

What type of mesh are Shaka Tea’s tea bags made from?

Shaka Tea’ s tea bags are made out of Soilon® mesh sachets that are fully biodegradable and made from plant fiber.

What is the shelf life of Shaka Tea?

RTD Iced Teas have a shelf life of one year. Teas for home brewing have a shelf life for two years. Immunity Shots have a shelf life of one year.