“Feast for the Senses, Food for the Soul”
North Hawaii News
What began 20 years ago as a simple, Big Island interpretation of the Japanese springtime custom of flower-viewing, the annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival has evolved into a feast for the senses. This year’s event attracted a reported 10,000 visitors to Waimea with food, crafts, entertainment, vendors, cooking demonstrations by Big Island resort chefs, informative talks by local conservationists, a quilt show, and more! mochi-pounding, bakers and waffle-makers, sushi chefs, tea ceremony, sake-tasting, one-of-a-kind custom Hawaiian saddle exhibition, bonsai tree exhibit and sale . . . a plethora of cultural tastes and exhibits.
Taiko drummers, dancers clad in kimonos and Okinawan blue, Aikido students all shared their talents with the happy crowds of viewers. Nibbling on the many treats available at the festival, locals and visitors strolled through the rows of blooming cherry trees at Church Row, just one of ten venues showcasing foods of all kinds, crafts, and entertainment. Free shuttle service was available between locations.
The Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival is sponsored by the Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation, Culture and Arts Section. Countless loyal volunteers keep this event going and growing, celebrating the many flavors of Waimea.