59th Cherry Blossom Festival Calendar of Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, January 29, 2011                            

Contact: Desiree Yamamoto
Cherry Blossom Festival, Public Relations Chair
email: cbfhawaii@gmail.com

59th Cherry Blossom Festival Calendar of Events
January – March 2011

Honolulu, Hawai‘i – The 59th Cherry Blossom Festival announces the calendar of events for its 15 Queen Contestants. Four public appearances will provide the public with an opportunity to meet the Queen Contestants. Five special events will allow ticket holders, primarily family and friends, a chance to interact with the Queen Contestants in a variety of settings.

One well-deserving Contestants will be crowned the 59th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen during Festival Ball at the Hawai‘i Theatre on March 26, 2011. The public is welcome to all Festival events. Ticket information is available online at www.cbfhawaii.com.

Public appearances provide the community a chance to learn more about the Cherry Blossom Festival, which perpetuates Japanese culture and heritage. Appearances also help contestants develop their public speaking, poise and leadership skills. Public appearances are free to the community. At all public appearances, Queen Contestants will wear special designs by Tori Richard – a recently re-instated sponsor of the Festival who used to provide clothing for contestants back in the 1950s.

Kahala Mall Public Appearance, January 29, 2011, Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Queen Contestants will make their first public appearance at Kahala Mall, Center Court. Entertainment provided by Starr Kalahiki. Teri Okita from Hawaii News Now and Shayne Enright from KITV4 will emcee this event.

Pearlridge Shopping Center – Uptown Public Appearance, February 12, 2011, Noon1:30 p.m.

Making their way to the leeward side of the island, the Queen Contestants will appear at Pearlridge Shopping Center – Uptown. Marisa Yamane from KHON2 will emcee this event.

Windward Mall Public Appearance, February 19, 2011, Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Taking a drive to the windward side, the Queen Contestants will continue to refine their public speaking skills. Devon Nekoba of 94.7 KUMU, former Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce President, will emcee this event.

Ala Moana Center Public Appearance, March 5, 2011, Noon – 1:30 p.m.

The largest and final public appearance at Ala Moana Center is always a 3-floor packed event with family and friends waving signs and cheering for their favorite Queen Contestant. Entertainment provided by the Taiko Center of the Pacific. Jill Kuramoto of KITV4 and Byron Furukawa of Hawaii News How will emcee this event.

The five special events provide the Queen Contestants once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to participate in unique events. Special events also aim to develop the Queen Contestants ability to perform under pressure, interact with a diverse audience, converse in casual and formal settings, and foster friendships with each other.

Opening Ceremony, January 22, 2011, 10 a.m., Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

By Invitation Only
59th Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off with an Opening Ceremony where Queen Contestants will be revealed to the public. This event officially signifies the start of the 59th Cherry Blossom Festival. Reverend Shuji Komogata of Soto Mission of Hawaii will perform the annual blessing of the Festival bringing peace, good health and blessings to all who are involved. Olena Heu and Jai Cunningham from KHON2 will serve as mistress and master of ceremonies. 

Fashion Show, March 13, 2011, 1 – 4 p.m., The Royal Hawaiian Hotel

General Admission: $45
An exciting Fashion Show provides Queen Contestants the opportunity to walk down a runway and experience the fast pace behind-the-scenes. The fashion show will feature local designer Tori Richard, and local boutiques Casablanca Bridal & Formals, Collins & 8th, Cottage by the Sea, Eden in Love and Fashionista’s Market. A silent auction will accompany the fashion show. Steve Uyehara and Tannya Joaquin of Hawaii News Now will emcee the fashion show.

Contestant Reception, March 13, 2011, 6 – 9 p.m., Ka Restaurant and Lounge

General Admission: $15
The Contestant Reception allows Queen Contestants to mingle and interact with family and friend in a casual environment. Food, dancing, music and raffle prizes entertain the crowd while Queen Contestants are able to relax and enjoy the evening. 

Golf Tournament, March 18, 2011, 11 a.m., Pearl Country Club

3-Person Team: $480
Tee Sponsor 3-Person Team: $750
The Golf Tournament is formatted as a 3-person scramble with one hole-in-one opportunity for a $10,000 cash prize sponsored by JN Automotive Group. Following the tournament is a reception with team, individually and raffle prizes. A bento lunch from Gyotaku is provided for every golfer and drinks will be provided by Kirin. Course food will be provided by Aiea Manapua & Snacks.

Festival Ball, March 26, 2011, 2 p.m., Hawaii Theatre

General Admission: $55
The highly anticipated Festival Ball will showcase the 15 Queen Contestants and will culminate 8-months of cultural classes and preparation. The evening begins with a taiko performance entitled “Sakura Daiko” choreographed and instructed by world-acclaimed musician Kenny Endo, and accompanied by members of the Taiko Center of the Pacific. Queen Contestants will deliver a 1-minute prepared speech during the Western phase wearing evening gowns sponsored by Casablanca Bridal & Formals. In the final Eastern phase, Queen Contestants will demonstrate their poise while wearing traditional furisode silk kimonos generously provided by Watabe Wedding. During this phase, Queen Contestants will answer one impromptu question. One well-deserving contestants will be crowned the 59th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen. One First Princess, three Princesses, one Miss Popularity and one Miss Congeniality will be selected. Stephanie Lum and Keahi Tucker of Hawaii News Now will serve as mistress and master of ceremonies.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is also sponsored by: Bank of Hawaii, Fujiyasu Kimono Company, Japan Airlines, Shiseido Cosmetics, Kyo-ya Company, LLC., Obun Hawaii Group, Pamela Futa Campbell, Gyotaku Japanese Restaurant, Watabe Wedding Hawaii Branch, Kirin Brewery of America LLC, Tori Richard, Marukai Wholesale Mart, JTB Hawaii, Inc. Gyotaku by Naoki, Images by Steven, Island Insurance, JHM Productions, and Servco Pacific Inc.

For more information about the Cherry Blossom Festival, visit www.cbfhawaii.com or call 808-949-2255. Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cbfhawaii or follow our Twitter account at www.twitter.com/cbfhi.

About the Cherry Blossom Festival

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 by the founding fathers of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce. The Cherry Blossom Festival was created to celebrate Japanese culture and to enrich the lives of young Japanese-American women. The Festival also has an international reach, partnering each year to host five special sister chapters from Japan: Kobe, Odawara, Kurashiki, Kojima and Tamashima. Over the past 59 years the Cherry Blossom Festival has touched the lives of many, especially the 986 women it has called contestants.

About the Honolulu Junior Japanese Chamber of Commerce

The Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC) first convened in 1949 with the mission of developing young Japanese-Americans into civic-minded citizens. The HJJCC aims to foster young leaders through professional development, community service, and the perpetuation of Japanese culture. The HJJCC sponsors many community events – including the well-known Cherry Blossom Festival – as well as offering its members numerous opportunities to develop leadership, managerial and organizational skills through participation in community service projects. The HJJCC also fosters business networking and socializing which allows members to establish life-long friendships.
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