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Haiku Contest

The 61st Cherry Blossom Festival celebrated the launch of its 1st Annual Haiku Contest. Students in grades 3-12 attending school in the state of Hawaii submitted original haiku sets within an original piece of artwork that depicted the poem and further exemplified the contest theme: "Laulima: Bridging Hands Across Oceans."

The three first-place winners and their work were recognized at the 61th Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony on January 19, 2013. Their winning entries were also published in the 61st Cherry Blossom Festival Souvenir Book.

Congratulations to our winners!


From left-right: Aisha Yamamoto, Joy Okimoto and Georgienne Murray with 61st CBF general chair Holly Duarte. Photo by Sean Nakamura.

Category: Grades 3-5
Winner: Aisha Yamamoto
School: Kaneohe Elementary
School Teacher: Kristine Furuta
Artwork: "Using Laulima"
Poem: "Nations uniting/overcoming differences/striving toward peace"

2nd Place: Kolby Ross, Kaneohe Elementary School.
3rd Place: Nia Lacuesta, Waialua Elementary School.

Category: Grades 6-8
Winner: Joy Okimoto
School: Kaimuki Middle School
Teacher: Kamilla E. Ma’i’i
Artwork: "Hands of Laulima"
Poem: "Separate countries/are divided by oceans/connected by hands"

2nd Place: Charles Brinsfield, Kapolei Middle School.
3rd Place: Mailani Wendt, Kapolei Middle School.

Category: Grades 9-12
Winner: Georgienne Murray
School: St. Andrews Priory
Teacher: Stephanie Hudson
Artwork: "Listening to the Ocean"
Poem: "Hand upon hand we grasp/the limbs of our ohana/fearlessness twines hope"

2nd Place: Angela Wong, Sacred Hearts Academy.
3rd Place: Rovimae Terrado, Leilehua High School.


Contestant Reception

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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.