Queen contestant application

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Queen Contestant in the 68th Cherry Blossom Festival. The Cherry Blossom Festival is proudly sponsored by the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC) and is one of the longest, continuously running ethnic festivals in Hawaii. The Festival is an important cultural event in our local community, supported by numerous businesses, generous individuals and dedicated volunteers.

Application requirements

To be considered as a Queen Contestant for the 68th Cherry Blossom Festival, you are required to submit:

  1. A complete Queen Contestant Application Form

  2. Copies of necessary birth certificates and proof of Hawaii residency and US citizenship

  3. Application fee of $30. Please make checks payable to Cherry Blossom Festival with a note/ memo on the check, "68th CBF Application" and the applicant's name, and mail to:

    Cherry Blossom Festival

    Attn: 68th CBF Contestant Search

    P.O. Box 1105

    Aiea, Hawaii 96701

  4. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED. PLEASE LOOK FOR THE 69TH APPLICATION OPENING DATE IN JANUARY. Please note that only the first seventy-five (75) qualified applicants will be accepted.


To be eligible as a 68th Queen Contestant Candidate, applicants must:

  1. Have at least 50% Japanese ancestry.

  2. Be a United States citizen and Hawaii resident.

  3. Be female by birth.

  4. Be at least 19 years of age as of September 1, 2019, and not older than 28 years of age as of April 1, 2020.

  5. Be a high school graduate.

  6. Has never been married and does not intend to marry before April 1, 2021.

  7. Has never given birth and does not intend to become pregnant before April 1, 2021.

  8. Be of good moral character.

  9. Has served in community service organizations, or has an interest in serving in community service organizations.

  10. Be able to provide own transportation to and from all Cherry Blossom Festival events, cultural classes and rehearsals.

  11. Cannot be a member of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce.

  12. Cannot be an immediate family member of and/or dating a Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce member.

For more information or should you have any questions, please email cbfsearch@hjjcc.com. We look forward to receiving your application.

Cherry Blossom Festival Contestant Experience

As a Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestant you will receive a variety of Contestant Awards such as cultural classes, professional development training and image management consultation. Contestant awards may include an appearance dress, an evening gown and the use of a furisode kimono for Festival Ball.

Cultural classes may include: ikebana (flower arranging), origami (paper folding), tea ceremony, odori (dance), koto (musical instrument), calligraphy (brush art), taiko (musical instrument) and Japanese history. These classes are taught by reputable and professional instructors.

Queen Contestants are provided communication and visual presentation training and instruction in the use of kimono, makeup application, etiquette, poise, stage presence and public speaking.