Meet the 61st Cherry Blossom Festival's 1st Annual Haiku Contest Winners

The 61st Cherry Blossom Festival celebrated the launch of its 1st Annual Haiku Contest. Students in grades 3-12 attending school in the state of Hawaii submitted original haiku sets within an original piece of artwork that depicted the poem and further exemplified the contest theme: "Laulima: Bridging Hands Across Oceans."

The three first-place winners and their work were recognized at the 61th Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony on January 19, 2013. Their winning entries were also published in the 61st Cherry Blossom Festival Souvenir Book.

Congratulations to our winners! View their original haiku and artwork here.

From left-right: Aisha Yamamoto, Joy Okimoto and Georgienne Murray with 61st CBF general chair Holly Duarte. Photo by Sean Nakamura.