Shoro-an, the Hilo Tea House
“Shoro-an” (The Pine Ocean House) the Hilo tea house in Lili`uokalani Gardens is a place specifically created for the teaching and the practice of the Japanese tea ceremony in the tradition of the Urasenke School of Tea.
Built in 1997 it was a gift from Sen Soshitsu XV, the fifteenth-generation headmaster of the Urasenke School of Tea in Kyoto, Japan, who started Urasenke in Hawaii in 1951. Multiple donations from the community also contributed to its achievement.
The tea house garden was designed and installed by Mr. Fred Nonaka, from Waimea, Island of Hawaii. He was a longtime friend of Mr. Kazuo Nakamura, a notable landscape architect from Kyoto, Japan, who built the first tea house’s garden. Many of the rocks, walkways as well as the tsukubai (water basin) from the old tea house garden were relocated in the present one.
The Urasenke Tankokai Hilo Association was organized in 1971.