food is attitude.
It began with an encounter, first with a tea farmer in Shiga prefecture in Japan and then with a cacao farmer on Kauai Island, in Hawaii. Though distant in geography and culture, we saw in them a kindred spirit, a deep regard for the gifts of nature. With reverence for their crops, each eschews chemical fertilizers and pesticides, choosing instead to nurture a biodynamic balance where natural enemies keep pests in check. From these fields, their harvests are rich and strong and nuanced in flavor. Captivated by these vibrant plantations, we designed Toka, a tearoom and grocery that features organic Japanese tea and Hawaiian cacao. We offer products that present the best of each unique harvest. Our name Toka, meaning summer/winter, comes from an old Daoist classic which says that the pine trees are fresh and green in winter as in summer, tokaseisei, because they grow with deep respect and connection to the principles of universal life. The old red pine that watches over Toka’s entrance stands in testament to this notion. We aim to foster new perspectives through food, to promote sustainable practices, and to inspire an essential new attitude towards food. That is our mission at Toka.