65th 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

Kristen Higashiyama, Contestant Coordinator
Traci-Ann Miwa, Contestant Advisor
Kristen Teves, Contestant Advisor
George Takase, Hospitality Co-Chair
Tiffany Mitani, Hospitality Co-Chair
Staci Yoshihara, Court Advisor


Kristin Alm, Co-General Chair
Kristine Wada, Co-General Chair
Scott Matsuda, Treasurer
Gina Maeda-Caluya, Sales Co-Chair
Curt Ueda, Sales Co-Chair
Ashley Higa, Donor Relations Chair
Crystine Ito, Contestant Search Chair


Erin Shiroma, Contestant Reception Co-Chair
Cody Kim, Golf Tournament Co-Chair
Kyson Morikuni, Golf Tournament Co-Chair
Kara Iwasaki, Closing Ceremonies Co-Chair
Lauren Horikoshi, Closing Ceremonies Co-Chair

Andie Hiura, Opening Ceremonies Co-Chair
Michelle Fujii, Opening Ceremonies Co-Chair
Sarah Kamida, Public Appearances Co-Chair
Karen Nakagawa, Public Appearances Co-Chair
Christen Lovell, Contestant Reception Co-Chair

Festival Area

Kim Fujinaka, Judging Co-Chair
Marissa Machida, Judging Co-Chair
Carrie Esaki, Violet Nimii Oishi Scholarship Chair

Kychal Hatae, Festival Ball Co-Chair
Kellene Toshi, Festival Ball Co-Chair
Alex Wheeler, Silent Auction Co-Chair
Tiffanie Masutani, Silent Auction Co-Chair

Marketing Area

Aimee Nelson, Public Relations Co-Chair
Desiree Uyeda, Website & IT Co-Chair
Trisha Asao, Website & IT Co-Chair
Crystine Ito, Social Media Chair

Cheri Morishige, Souvenir Book Chair
Tanya Leong, T-Shirt Chair
Chelsea Okamoto, Haiku Art Contest Chair
Chris Kwock, Photographer
Terri Inefuku, Public Relations Co-Chair