Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival

65th Cherry Blossom Festival queen Heather Omori holds up a winning ballot as Hawaii Hochi president Taro Yoshida looks on.

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On March 31, Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Heather Omori drew the winners of the 34th “Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” contest, sponsored by...
Group photo of the 65th Cherry Blossom Festival Court

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SPOTLIGHT BY Gwen Battad Ishikawa
Photo of the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants

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Jennifer Keiko Ezaki Jennifer Exaki Parents: Bruce and Laura Ezaki High School: Our Redeemer Lutheran, 2009 College/Degree/Year: Biola University, bachelor’s degree in communication, 2013; University of Hawai‘i...
Photo of the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants

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Lori Satoki Kim Lori Kim Parents: Eric and Karen Kim High School: Pacific Buddhist Academy, 2007 College/Degree/Year: University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa, bachelor’s degree in business administration...
Photo of the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants

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Kaelyn Sachiko Okuhata Kaelyn Okuhata Parents: Kevin and Lori Okuhata High School: King Kekaulike High School (Hawai‘i Island), 2012 College/Degree/Year: Chapman University, bachelor’s degree in business administration...
Photo of the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants

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Ruth Mariko Taketa Ruth Taketa Family: Carol Sato (mother) and Jonathan Taketa (brother) High School: Roosevelt High School, 2011 College/Degree/Year: University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa, bachelor’s degree...
Photo of the three sister courts gathering for a group photo while attending the 76th Nisei Week coronation in Los Angeles.

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64th Cherry Blossom Festival Court members are dressed in beautiful furisode kimono in Kyoto, Japan, while visiting Diamond Sponsor Watabe Wedding. Alexis Sayuri Okihara 64th...
Group photo of the 65th Cherry Blossom Festival queen contestants.

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The 65th Cherry Blossom Festival was officially launched on Jan. 8, with the 15 queen contestants introduced at the New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival at...

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Gwen Battad Ishikawa Every year, the Herald interviews the outgoing Cherry Blossom Festival queen as she prepares to pass on her crown to her successor....

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To everyone out there in cyberspace, allow me to wish you all a Happy February! In honor of this new month, I bring you...

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