67th Cherry Blossom Festival Steering Committee

The steering committee is comprised of dedicated and driven individuals who tirelessly volunteer their time and energy to coordinate one of the longest, continually running ethnic festival in the State of Hawaii. The Festival provides an amazing experience for the Queen Contestants and equally important, the Festival provides an opportunity for young professionals to develop and refine skills applicable to all areas of their career and personal lives.

Executive Area

Mika Morigawara, Contestant Coordinator
Christin Lovell, Contestant Advisor
Erin Shiroma, Contestant Advisor
Heather Omori, Hospitality Traci Kobayashi, Hospitality
Kara Iwasaki, Queen’s Advisor                                 James Odan, Donor Relations Ross Kohara, Donor Relations                   Lara Karamatsu, Volunteer Coordinator Scott Matsuda, Volunteer Coordinator


Gina Maeda, General Chair
Kelly Takiguchi, Sales Co-Chair
Ryan Nakagawa, Sales Co-Chair               Dylan Lau, Contestant Search Co-Chair      Trisha Asao, Contestant Search Co-Chair Corday Feagins, Advisor Crystine Ito, Advisor Kristine Wada, Advisor Sydette Higuchi, Advisor Melody Kaiwi, Executive Admin Kisha Chun, Treasurer


Lauren Horikoshi, Contestant Reception Co-Chair
Chris Anjo, Golf Tournament Co-Chair
Travis Kikuchi, Golf Tournament Co-Chair
Andrew Pang, Closing Ceremonies

Cara Tochiki, Opening Ceremonies Co-Chair
Nikky Poepoe, Opening Ceremonies Co-Chair
Alexis Okihara, Public Appearances Co-Chair
Sarah Kamida, Public Appearances Co-Chair
Kara Iwasaki, Contestant Reception Co-Chair

Festival Area

Ritsuko Tomari, Judging Co-Chair
Sheri Morishige, Judging Co-Chair
Jenny Ezaki, Violet Nimii Oishi Scholarship Chair Michelle Ota, Violet Nimii Oishi Scholarship Chair

Amanda Youth, Festival Ball Co-Chair
Brittney Kawahara, Festival Ball Co-Chair
Claire Fukuoka, Silent Auction Co-Chair
Tiffanie Masutani, Silent Auction Co-Chair

Marketing Area

Aimee Nelson, Public Relations Co-Chair & Social Media Chair
Rya Sekimoto, Website & IT Co-Chair
Dylan Lau, Website & IT Co-Chair

Heather Smith-Lee, Souvenir Book Co-Chair Hi‘ilei Morimoto, Souvenir Book Co-Chair
Kirsti Maeshiro-Takiguchi, T-Shirt Chair
Ashley Higa, Haiku Art Contest Co-Chair Kellene Toshi, Haiku Art Contest Co-Chair
Chris Kwock, Photographer
Terri Inefuku, Public Relations Co-Chair