August 15, 2018

Burt’s Bees Natural Launchpad Selects Hawai’i Tea Company for Cohort #3


Shaka Tea is the first company from Hawaiʻi to win in the history of the program

(Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – August 3, 2018) – Shaka Tea, the first line of authentically Hawaiian iced teas on the market brewed from māmaki, announces today that it has won a spot as part of Burtʻs Beeʻs Natural Launchpad Cohort #3, marking the first time a company from Hawaiʻi has been selected. Bella Hughes, President and co-founder of Shaka Tea, will participate in two days of coaching at Burt’s Bees headquarters in Durham, NC at the end of October, in addition to winning a $10,000 grant and access to a community of peers. Shaka Tea will also have the right to use a Burt’s Bees Natural Launchpad Seal on their marketing communications and product packaging.

“The emphasis Burt’s Bees has always had on sustainability, producing clean-label, natural products and practicing, honest, good business, even as they’ve grown into a gigantic and influential brand of global scale, is truly inspiring. I am honored to have the opportunity to learn, grow and represent Shaka Tea and Hawaiʻi on this national platform,” shares Hughes.

Natural Launchpad is an annual grant program for women health and well-being entrepreneurs, pioneers akin to Burtʻs Bees co-founder, Roxanne Quimby. Through the program, Burt’s Bees hopes to nurture the next generation of dreamers and innovators energized by an opportunity to improve the health and well-being of our planet, and everyone on it.

To learn more about Natural Launchpad, please visit:

Shaka Tea
Shaka Tea is the first line of Hawaiʻi-grown, herbal iced teas on the market brewed from māmaki, which is only found and grown one place in the world, the Hawaiian archipelago. With a commitment to the health of our consumers and health of the ‘āina (land), Shaka Tea is a naturally caffeine-free, no added sugar product, supporting sustainable farming and regenerative agriculture, found in major retailers across Hawaiʻi and the continental US.

Gently sweetened with a touch of monk fruit, Shaka Tea is available in four, tropically-inspired flavors: Guava Gingerblossom, Mango Hibiscus, Pineapple Mint and Lemon Lokelani Rose. To learn more, please visit or follow us on Instagram @drinkshakatea


Media contact:
Bella Hughes

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