January 25, 2011||Big Island Communities: Events

Hanami: Celebrate Spring at Waimea’s Cherry Blossom Festival

Waimea Church Row Park

The Cherry Trees in Waimea's historic Church Row Park

On Saturday, February 5 the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival will welcome the (unofficial) arrival of spring in the islands. The tradition of hanami, or “flower viewing” has its roots in Japanese culture, but, these days, towns across the U.S. also celebrate the arrival of the pink blossoms on the Cherry Trees. There’s even a National Cherry Blossom Festival held in Washington, DC that commemorates the gift of Cherry Trees from Japan to America in 1912.

K. Nalani Hance, R(S)

If you can make it to Waimea for the Festival, you’ll be able to enjoy a Farmers Market, a Japanese Tea Ceremony and see Cherry Blossom art. There will also be a Bon Dance and taiko drumming. For a full list of activities, view the Department of Parks and Recreation flier (PDF).

Events like these make living in Waimea even more special. If you have questions about buying or building a home here, please contact me for more information about what has been happening in the market lately. I would love to share more about the North Hawaii community with you.

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