Cultural and Professional Instructors

The Queen Contestants are awarded various cultural classes in which they learn about their Japanese heritage and gain a better understanding of the values and customs associated with these traditions. Additionally, professional development classes are provided to prepare the Queen Contestants for public speaking, stage presence, interviewing and leadership opportunities. These classes take place during the six months of training before Festival Ball in March. We thank every instructor for their time, dedication to Japanese culture, and their willingness to share their knowledge.

  • Aikido - Randolph Scoville, Nu'uanu Aikido Club
  • Bon Odori - Betty Dela Cuesta, Hawaii Shin Kobukai
  • Calligraphy - Hiromi Peterson, Toka Shodo
  • Gyotaku - Naoki Hayashi, Gyotaku by Naoki
  • History of the Cherry Blossom Festival  - Sakura Hawaii Alumnae
  • Ikebana - Roy Otaguro, MOA Hawaii
  • Japanese American Identity - Dr. Dennis Ogawa
  • Japanese Business Etiquette - Asako Shimazu
  • Kimono - Yuko Miskolczy, Watabe Wedding Hawaii
  • Manju Making and Origami - Lillian Yajima
  • Makeup Application - Darice Yokomichi-Uyeunten, Shiseido
  • Okinawan Cultural Class - Jon Itomura, Hawaii United Okinawa Association
  • Ramen Class - Keaka Lee, The Pig and the Lady
  • Sushi Making - Shane Masutani, The Alley Restaurant
  • Taiko  - Kenny Endo, Taiko Center of the Pacific
  • Tea Ceremony - Yoshibumi Ogawa, Urasenke Foundation of Hawaii
  • * Festival Ball Training Program - Pamela Futa-Campbell
  • * Public Speaking Training - William Jeong Yeh
  • * Visual Presentation Training - Marissa Machida