Festival, Award and Prize Donors

There are multiple ways to support the Cherry Blossom Festival! We thank all of our generous donors for their contributions in perpetuating the Cherry Blossom Festival.

  • Festival donor contributions directly impact our Queen Contestant's experience by supporting the advancement of the Festival.
  • Award donors contribute cash towards an award provided by the Festival. This is similar to typical underwriting sponsorship.
  • Prize donors donate a physical item to be awarded to contestants or to the Queen/and or Court. Award and Prize donors names are also listed on the Award page.

Kawazu Zakura
Level 4 ($800 and higher)

The Kawazu Zakura trees bloom in early spring. The flowers’ outstanding characteristic is that they are large and pink. The trees are brilliant when they are in peak blooming season. Kawazu-cho in the Izu Peninsula is the birth place of the Kawazu Zakura, where there is a street lined with Kawazu Zakura trees.

  • Tom Kosasa & Mi Kosasa, 24th CBF Queen 
  • Meadow Gold Dairies
  • Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • Watanabe Floral, Inc.
  • Anonymous Donor
  • Laurence Omura
  • Yoza Chiropractic
  • Trisha Akagi, 56th CBF Queen; Katherine M. Grebe, 18th CBF Queen; Kara Iwasaki, 64th CBF Co-General Chair & 54th CBF Princess; Laurie Toma Libarios, 43rd CBF Queen; Desiree Uyeda, 64th CBF Co-General Chair & 54th CBF Queen
  • Lillian Noda Yajima
  • Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce
  • Brooke Hasegawa, 53rd CBF Queen

Yaezakura
Level 3 ($500 - $799)

Each blossom of the Yaezakura is big and has layers of beautiful petals. Yaezakura trees bloom from mid-April through late April. At the Tourinuke-no-sakura (cherry blossom tunnel) Garden, you can enjoy 500 Yaezakura trees that are lined up along for about 2 miles.

  • Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
  • Country Samurai Coffee Company
  • Lori Higashi, 61st CBF First Princess & Family
  • Dale & Lawton Nakata
  • Derek Sasano
  • Edmund Wong, 42nd HJJCC President
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Shidarezakura
Level 2 ($200 - $499)

The Shidarezakura (weeping cherry) blossoms bloom on drooping branches from late March through mid-April. Some trees in Japan are several hundred years old. The Minobusan Kuonji Temple in Yamanasahi Prefecture has a huge Shidarezakura which is 50 feet tall, 16 feet wide and about 400 years old.

  • Margie’s Jewelers
  • Holly Duarte, 61st CBF General Chair
  • 48th Cherry Blossom Court
  • Reid Chung & Kristen Chung Higashiyama, 57th CBF Princess
  • Sansei & DK Steak House
  • Sonya Kimura, 55th & 58th CBF Co-General Chair; Jonathan Murai, 57th HJJCC President
  • Layne & Evelyn Machida
  • Eric Nishioka
  • Dr. Ruth Ono, 64th CBF Honorary Advisor, Queen's Health Systems
  • David Kaneko, 59th HJJCC President & 56th CBF General Chair
  • Steven Kaneko, 55th HJJCC President
  • Ryan Nakagawa & Sarah Kamida, 62nd CBF Queen
  • Brenda Nomura, 54th CBF Co-General Chair & Darren Ota 61st HJJCC President, 54th CBF Co-General Chair & 60th CBF General Chair
  • Tyler Tokioka, 64th CBF Honorary Advisor, Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce
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Somei Yoshino
Level 1 ($50 - $199)

The Somei Yoshino (Yoshino cherry) is a pale pink flower and blooms in early April. The Yoshino cherry is one of the most popular cherry trees in Japan and is grown across Japan. When the tree is planted, blooms are especially gorgeously between the ages of 20 to 40.

  • 58th Cherry Blossom Court
  • Michael Matsuo, 42nd CBF General Chair
  • Alan Okimoto, 45th CBF General Chair
  • Sakura Hawaii Alumnae
  • Elynne Chung
  • Kris Miyamoto Esteban, 60th HJJCC President
  • Nate Gyotoku, 63rd HJJCC President
  • Gina Maeda-Caluya, 57th CBF Princess
  • Sandy Parilla, 53rd CBF Co-General Chair & Robb Taone, 52nd HJJCC President & 53rd CBF Co-General Chair
  • Lenny Yajima, 40th CBF General Chair & 34th CBF Queen
  • Tom Yamamoto, 64th CBF Honorary Advisor, Hawaii United Okinawan Association
  • Russell Iwamura, 45th HJJCC President & 46th CBF General Chair
  • Wayne Yagi, 37th HJJCC President
  • Corday A. Feagins, 43rd CBF Miss Congeniality & 57th CBF General Chair
  • Nippon Golden Network and Oceanic Cable
  • Sharene Urakami, 53rd HJJCC President, 49th CBF Co-General Chair, 50th CBF General Chair & 43rd CBF Princess
  • Devon Nekoba, 54th HJJCC President
  • Kirk Tengan, 49th HJJCC President
  • Eryn Kawamoto, 61st CBF Miss Congeniality
  • Staci Yoshihara, 62nd HJJCC President
  • Kaimuki Dry Goods, Ltd.
  • Wedge Lee