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Maui couple strikes black gold with their new Haleakala tea

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                                Alex and Andrea de Roode stand at the end of a row of tea plants growing at their Maui Tea Farm on Haleakala.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Alex and Andrea de Roode stand at the end of a row of tea plants growing at their Maui Tea Farm on Haleakala.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Alex de Roode holds tea plant seedlings that were “volunteers” that grew from seeds that fell from established plants on the property.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Alex de Roode holds tea plant seedlings that were “volunteers” that grew from seeds that fell from established plants on the property.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Alex de Roode stands by a plot of camellia sinensis tea plants that have recently been harvested.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Alex de Roode stands by a plot of camellia sinensis tea plants that have recently been harvested.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Andrea de Roode, is co-owner and operator of Maui Tea Farm and Pono Infusions, its marketing arm.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Andrea de Roode, is co-owner and operator of Maui Tea Farm and Pono Infusions, its marketing arm.

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