Meet our 65th Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Art Contest winners

Kristine Wada, 65th CBF general co-chair; Cathy Iwai, president-elect, Japanese Women's Society Foundation; contest winners Kira Nagaki, Alyssa P. Lo, and Kristen Pang; Chelsea Okamoto, 65th CBF Haiku Art Contest chair; and Kristin Alm, 65th CBF general co-chair

Kristine Wada, 65th CBF general co-chair; Cathy Iwai, president-elect, Japanese Women's Society Foundation; contest winners Kira Nagaki, Alyssa P. Lo, and Kristen Pang; Chelsea Okamoto, 65th CBF Haiku Art Contest chair; and Kristin Alm, 65th CBF general co-chair

The 65th Cherry Blossom Festival, a project of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, is proud to announce three winners in its annual “Haiku Art Contest.”

The contest invited Hawaii students in grades 3-12 to showcase their creativity through haiku, the Japanese style of short-form poetry, and art. Each haiku was accompanied by a two-dimensional original artwork that conveyed this year’s theme, Kokoro (心), the Japanese value of heart, mind, and spirit. 

Entries were submitted in the following categories: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12.

Grades 3-5: Kira Nagaki, Grade 5, Kaneohe Elementary

Grades 6-8: Alyssa P. Lo, Grade 6, Kaneohe Elementary

Grades 9-12: Kristen Pang, Grade 11, Punahou School

Each winner received a $100 cash prize sponsored by the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation, and had her winning works published in the 65th Cherry Blossom Festival Souvenir Book. They were also recognized during a public appearance at Kahala Mall on Jan. 14. Congratulations, and mahalo to all who entered!