67th Cherry Blossoms Festival at Royal Hawaiian Center
The third public appearance by the Contestants and the Queen and Court was held at the Royal Hawaiian Center. The 66th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and Court shared their festival experiences by answering questions on Japanese culture. Through this question and answer experience, each contestant gained valuable practice in sharpening her public speaking skills, developing her poise and increasing her self-confidence.
The Queen Contestants at the 67th Cherry Blossoms Festival event are Reeann Minatoya, Ariel Lee, Jacqueline Arelliano, Michelle Chen, Lauren Sugai, Taylor Chee, Katrina Shimomura, Kayla Ueshiro, Jaimee Sambrano, Kallista Hiraoka, Kalei Kagawa.
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.
The 67th cherry blossoms festival sponsors include First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Fujiyasu Kimono Company, Island Insurance Companies, Japan Airlines, Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, LP, KZOO, Obun Hawaii Inc., Pamela Futa Campbell, Watabe Wedding Corporation, First Hawaiian Bank, Pomaika‘i Ballrooms, Tori Richard, Gyotaku Japanese Restaurant, Gyotaku by Naoki, Images by Steven, JTB Hawaii, Inc., and Shiseido Cosmetics America
The Royal Hawaiian Center is located at 2201 Kalakaua Avenue in Honolulu