65th Cherry Blossom Festival announces 2017 Calendar of Events

64th Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony on Jan. 10, 2016 (Photo: Chris Kwock)

64th Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony on Jan. 10, 2016 (Photo: Chris Kwock)

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.

Read more about our events here!

Opening Ceremony*
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017
10:30-11:30 a.m.
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.

Public Appearance*
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017
Kahala Mall
Noon-1 p.m.

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.

Public Appearance*
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
Windward Mall
Noon-1 p.m.

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.


Public Appearance*
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017
Pearlridge Mall, Uptown
Noon-1 p.m.

Queen Contestants will refine their public speaking skills by answering impromptu questions. Cultural entertainment will be provided by Hawaii Kendo Federation. 

Public Appearance*
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017
Ala Moana Center, Centerstage
3-4 p.m.

This will be the Queen Contestants' final public appearance before Festival Ball. Cultural entertainment will be provided by Dragon Beat.

Contestant Reception
Saturday, Feb 18, 2017
Rumours Nightclub, Ala Moana Hotel
5-8 p.m.

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.

Golf Tournament
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.

Festival Ball
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Sheraton Waikiki
5-9 p.m.

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.