66th 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

Heather Smith-Lee, Contestant Coordinator
Gina Maeda, Contestant Advisor
Erin Hi'ilei Morimoto, Contestant Advisor
Traci Miwa, Hospitality Chair
Kara Iwasaki, Court Advisor                                 Ross Kohara, Donor Relations Chair                   Scott Matsuda, Treasurer


Crystine Ito, General Chair
Lauren Horikoshi, Sales Co-Chair
Eryn Kawamoto, Sales Co-Chair                       Ashley Higa, Contestant Search Co-Chair       Kristin Alm, Contestant Search Co-Chair/Advisor Catherine Toth-Fox, Advisor                           Sydette Higuchi, Advisor


Erin Shiroma, Contestant Reception Co-Chair
Brandon Miyagi, Golf Tournament Co-Chair
Tyson Yamada, Golf Tournament Co-Chair
Jessica Kaneshiro, Closing Ceremonies Co-Chair
Curt Ueda, Closing Ceremonies Co-Chair

Lori Higashi, Opening Ceremonies Co-Chair
Sheri Morishige, Opening Ceremonies Co-Chair
Cari Suzuki, Public Appearances Co-Chair
Mychal Hatae, Public Appearances Co-Chair
Christin Lovell, Contestant Reception Co-Chair

Festival Area

Tiffany Mitani, Judging Co-Chair
Amanda Youth, Judging Co-Chair
Leila Mitsunaga, Violet Nimii Oishi Scholarship Chair

Kim Takata, Festival Ball Co-Chair
Celina Quach, Festival Ball Co-Chair
Brittney Kawahara, Silent Auction Co-Chair
Alexis Okihara, Silent Auction Co-Chair

Marketing Area

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

Kari Kiyota, Souvenir Book Chair
Kisha Chun, T-Shirt Chair
Andrew Pang, Haiku Art Contest Chair
Chris Kwock, Photographer
Terri Inefuku, Public Relations Co-Chair