The 65th Cherry Blossom Festival has released its 2017 Calendar of Events, which begins with an Opening Ceremony on Jan. 8 and culminates with Festival Ball on March 18. Many of these events are free and open to the public.
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Teruya Courtyard Stage
The 65th Cherry Blossom Festival officially kicks off during the center's New Year's Ohana Festival, and the 65th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants are revealed.
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017
The 15 Queen Contestants will practice their public speaking skills, and Ryukyu Koten Afuso-ryu Ongaku Kenkyuu Choichi Kai will perform. The Cherry Blossom Festival will also present awards to the three Hawaii student winners of the Haiku Art Contest.
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
Queen Contestants will refine their public speaking skills by answering impromptu questions. Cultural entertainment will be provided by St Louis Hula Halau – Hui O Na Opio.
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017
Pearlridge Mall, Uptown
Queen Contestants will refine their public speaking skills by answering impromptu questions. Cultural entertainment will be provided by Hawaii Kendo Federation.
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017
Ala Moana Center, Centerstage
This will be the Queen Contestants' final public appearance before Festival Ball. Cultural entertainment will be provided by Dragon Beat.
Saturday, Feb 18, 2017
Rumours Nightclub, Ala Moana Hotel
Contestant Reception is a fun, entertaining, 21-and-over only event. The theme is “Black & Bling.” Guests enjoy heavy pupus, door prizes and lucky draw contests. Pre-sale tickets will be available for $25 starting Jan. 8. $30 at the door.
Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
Pearl Country Club
11:00 a.m. Registration
12:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
Golfers enjoy a fun-filled tournament with food and snacks along the course. The event concludes with a dinner and awarding of prizes. Queen packages for three players ($750) and Princess packages for three players ($550) will be available for sale between Jan. 8 and February 10.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
The evening begins with the Western phase. Queen Contestants deliver a prepared speech while wearing an evening gown. During the Eastern phase, Queen Contestants answer an impromptu question while wearing traditional furisode silk kimono. The evening ends with the crowning of the 65th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and Court. General seating ($100 individual, $1,000 for table of 10) will be available starting Jan. 8.
Events marked with an asterisk are free and open to the public. Ticket sales for paid events will begin on Jan. 8. Official 65th Cherry Blossom Festival commemorative T-shirts ($20) and souvenir books ($15) will also be available for purchase. More information and sales forms will be posted online.