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Heavenly Pikake -Jasmine Hawaiian Tea

May 08, 2018

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Jasmine blossom was adored by royalty in China and in
Hawaii. Fine jasmine tea like Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls were first
commissioned by the Imperial Court during the Sung Dynasty.
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<strong>Jasmine in Hawaii</strong>
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Jasmine in Hawaiian is called pikake which is also the
Hawaiian name for peacock. Both flower and bird were favorites of Crown
Princess Ka’iulani (1875-1899).
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In modern day Hawaii, jasmine’s heavenly fragrance is
admired through the pikake lei. The pikake lei is often bestowed to beautify
and distinguish loved ones at weddings, graduations, and other auspicious
events.
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