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62nd Cherry Blossom Festival Queen contestants revealed

Thu, 2014-01-30 00:40 -- admin

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fifteen Japanese-American women will be vying for the title of queen for the 62nd annual Cherry Blossom Festival in March.

The 2014 contestants were revealed on Sunday during the festival's opening ceremony. Under this year's theme "Issho Ni" -- translated as "together" in Japanese -- contestants were selected for their dedication to perpetuating Japanese culture, commitment to education and passion for community service.

The 62nd Cherry Blossom Festival contestants:

  • Nicole Alohilani Ansai
  • Nicole Mari Kai Burns
  • Alyssa Erika Fujihara
  • Erin Mei Fukaya
  • Kristin Meilynn Imose
  • Kaysha Fujiko Izumoto
  • Michaela Kyoko Kamemoto
  • Sarah Kiyomi Kamida
  • Jasmine Emi Nicole Nagano
  • Karen Reinante Nakagawa
  • Chelsea Noelani Okamoto
  • Danica Chiemi Tamaye
  • Alysha Tanabe
  • Cara Lei Mariko Tsutsuse
  • Chelsea Jaye Chie Uchihara

Over the next few months, these women -- between 19 and 26 years old and at least 50 percent Japanese -- will participate in cultural classes, public appearances and community service events before the crowning of the 62nd Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and Court at the festival ball.

Festival Ball:

Sunday, March 30


5:00 p.m.


Sheraton Waikiki
2255 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815


Contestant Reception

Golf Tournament

Festival Ball

Perpetuating Japanese Culture and the Lives of Young Women

The Cherry Blossom Festival holds the honor of being one of the longest, continually running ethnic festival in the State of Hawai‘i – originally started in 1953.

While times have evolved, the purpose of the Festival continues to be the perpetuation of Japanese culture, and to enrich the lives of young women of Japanese ancestry.

Over the past 63 years the Festival has touched the lives of many.

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Be the next Cherry Blossom Queen!

To be eligible as a Queen Contestant Candidate, applicants must:

*Have at least 50% Japanese ancestry.
*Be a United States citizen and Hawaii resident.
*Be female by birth.
*Be at least 19 years of age
*Be a high school graduate.

For more information, email cbfhawaii.contestantsearch@gmail.com.