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Waimea’s cherry blossom festival welcomes the arrival of spring

  • COURTESY WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM HERITAGE FESTIVAL

    The fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms at Church Row Park heralds the coming of spring and provides the inspiration for the annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival.

  • COURTESY WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM HERITAGE FESTIVAL

    Taiko drumming performances always draw crowds.

  • COURTESY WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM HERITAGE FESTIVAL

    Attendees are encouraged to join in the Japanese bon dance festivities.

  • COURTESY WAIMEA CHERRY BLOSSOM HERITAGE FESTIVAL

    The festival offers engaging, multicultural activities, including the colorful Chinese lion dance celebration.

The Japanese have perpetuated hanami (literally, “flower viewing”) for over a thousand years. Associated specifically with sakura, this tradition inspired the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival, one of Hawaii island’s biggest annual celebrations. Read more

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