(HawaiiNewsNow) - The 60th Cherry Blossom Festival New Queen and Court were announced on Saturday, March 31, 2012. The Cherry Blossom Festival Ball took place and saw a new reigning Cherry Blossom Festival Queen, Erin Mie Hi'ileialoha Morimoto! The Cherry Blossom Festival holds the honor of being one of the longest, continually running ethnic festival in the State of Hawai'i - originally started in 1953. While times have evolved, the purpose of the Festival continues to be the perpetuation of Japanese culture, and to enrich the lives of young women of Japanese ancestry,
The Queen Contestants are given the opportunity to learn about their Japanese heritage, improve their poise and public speaking and develop leadership skills through numerous cultural and training classes. From January through March they participated in the Festival's wide range of events, from a fashion show to the festival ball, where the new queen was chosen.
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