62nd Cherry Blossom Festival Queen contestants revealed

HONOLULU - Fifteen Japanese-American women will be vying for the title of queen for the 62nd annual Cherry Blossom Festival in March.

The 2014 contestants were revealed on Sunday during the festival's opening ceremony. Under this year's theme "Issho Ni" -- translated as "together" in Japanese -- contestants were selected for their dedication to perpetuating Japanese culture, commitment to education and passion for community service.

The 62nd Cherry Blossom Festival contestants:

Nicole Alohilani Ansai
Nicole Mari Kai Burns
Alyssa Erika Fujihara
Erin Mei Fukaya
Kristin Meilynn Imose
Kaysha Fujiko Izumoto
Michaela Kyoko Kamemoto
Sarah Kiyomi Kamida
Jasmine Emi Nicole Nagano
Karen Reinante Nakagawa
Chelsea Noelani Okamoto
Danica Chiemi Tamaye
Alysha Tanabe
Cara Lei Mariko Tsutsuse
Chelsea Jaye Chie Uchihara

Over the next few months, these women -- between 19 and 26 years old and at least 50 percent Japanese -- will participate in cultural classes, public appearances and community service events before the crowning of the 62nd Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and Court at the festival ball.

Festival Ball
Date: Sunday, March 30
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Waikiki, 2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815