Tea Chats with JoAnn Aguirre
JoAnn Aguirre, owner of Teaching Tea, will cover various tea topics over the next few months, and in honor of Merrie Monarch, she will kick off our series with A Tea Tribute to the Hula Dancer. Her first presentation, which includes a discussion as well as tasting of tea and freshly baked goods, will be available free to the public on Thursday, April 10th from 2 to 3pm.
It was Aguirre’s grandmother who introduced her to the pleasures of tea at a very early age. This was the beginning of her lifelong love for tea and has become the foundation of her own cherished tea rituals and traditions. Once a school teacher and university professor she parlayed her career in teaching into sharing her passion for tea. In 2008, Aguirre was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer and underwent sixteen months of chemotherapy. At that difficult time in her life she turned to her daily tea ritual for relief from the debilitating effects of chemotherapy.
She discovered then that tea goes a long way in providing individuals with their own private sanctuary, a time for reflection and reaffirmation of one’s innermost emotional well being.
Today, Aquirre finds joy in sharing her passion with others. What was once a hobby is now a full time business as she is the owner of the charming Hilo tea shop called Teaching Tea.
Upcoming Tea Talks will be held on the second Thursday of the month at 2pm.
Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 8: Medical Benefits of Tea for Women, as well as Thursday, June 12: Real Men Do Drink Tea.