Posted on 4:08 am, Thursday, February 3, 2011.
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES, VENUES
The 18th annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival has a full lineup of multi-cultural performing arts, hands-on demonstrations, craft fairs and food booths 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 at various venues sprawling through town—look for pink banners identifying site locations.
This year’s festival commemorates lei and kapa making kupuna Marie McDonald and agricultural researcher Milton Yamasaki. The Waimea residents will be recognized by Mayor Billy Kenoi during opening festivities on the entertainment stage behind Parker Ranch Center.
The free Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival celebrates the blooming of the historic cherry trees at Church Row Park and celebrates the age-old Japanese tradition of hanami, which translates to “cherry blossom viewing party.” After a seasonal winter chill, the trees typically are blooming in February.
The Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival is produced by the Hawaii County Parks and Recreation Department. Overseen by the park’s Roxcie Waltjen, the festival is a community-wide effort by a dedicated team of volunteers. For information, phone 961-8706.