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Cherry Blossom Festival

January 12, 2020 - March 22, 2020

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.

Queen Contestants are given the opportunity to learn about their Japanese heritage, improve their poise and public speaking and develop leadership skills through numerous cultural and training classes.

The Festival continues to touch the lives of many. Our national sister Cherry Blossom Festival relationships continue to flourish, and each year the Festival hosts five sister Junior Chamber chapters from Japan.

The 68th Cherry Blossom Festival has released its 2020 Calendar of Events, which begins with an Opening Ceremony on Jan. 13 and culminates with Festival Ball on March 16. Many of these events are free and open to the public.

Opening Ceremony*
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

The 68th Cherry Blossom Festival officially kicks off during the New Year’s Ohana Festival where the new Queen Contestants are revealed after a traditional Shinto blessing.

Public Appearance
Saturday, January 18, 2020
12:30 PM 1:30 PM
Kahala Mall

The first public appearance by the 68th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants will be held at Kahala Mall in between Macy’s and Champs Sporting Goods. Cultural entertainment will be provided by Hanayagi Dancing Academy Hawaii Foundation. The Cherry Blossom Festival will also present awards to the three Hawaii student winners of the Haiku Art Contest. Followed by the introduction of the 67th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and Court, who will share their festival experiences.

Public Appearance
Saturday, January 25, 2020
12:30 PM 1:30 PM
Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center

The second public appearance by the 68th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants will be held at Royal Hawaiian Center stage. Cultural entertainment will be provided by Dragon Beat Hawaii. Followed by the introduction of the 67th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and Court, who will share their festival experiences.

Public Appearance
Saturday, February 8, 2020
12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Windward Mall

The third public appearance by the 68th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants will be held at Windward Mall! Cultural entertainment will be provided by Mililani High School Judo Team. Followed by the introduction of the 67th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and Court, who will share their festival experiences.

Public Appearance
Saturday, February 15, 2020
3:00 PM 4:00 PM
Ala Moana Center, Centerstage

The fourth public appearance by the 68th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants will be held at Ala Moana Center Stage. Followed by the introduction of the 67th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and Court, who will share their festival experiences.

Golf Tournament
Friday, February 21, 2020
11:00 AM 8:00 PM
Pearl Country Club

Golfers enjoy a fun-filled tournament with food and snacks along the course. The event concludes with a dinner and awarding of prizes. This year’s golf tournament will be held at Pearl Country Club.

Contestant Reception
Saturday, February 29, 2020
5:30 PM 8:30 PM
District

Contestant Reception is a fun, entertaining, 21-and-over-only event held at The District. The theme is “Casino Royal.” Guests enjoy a fun night of games, lucky draw and dancing!!!

Festival Ball & Silent Auction
Saturday, March 21, 2020
4:00 PM 10:00 PM
Sheraton Waikiki Ballrooms

The evening begins with the Western phase. Queen Contestants deliver a prepared speech while wearing an evening gown. During the Eastern phase, Queen Contestants answer an impromptu question while wearing a traditional furisode silk kimono. The evening ends with the crowning of the 68th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and Court.

Details

Start:
January 12, 2020
End:
March 22, 2020
Event Category:
Event Tags:
Festivals & Parades
Website:
http://cbfhawaii.com/

Venue

Honolulu, Hawaii
HI United States
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