62nd Cherry Blossom Festival Queen contestants revealed

(Courtesy: Cherry Blossom Festival Hawaii)
(Courtesy: Cherry Blossom Festival Hawaii)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fifteen Japanese-American women will be vying for the title of queen for the 62nd annual Cherry Blossom Festival in March.

The 2014 contestants were revealed on Sunday during the festival's opening ceremony. Under this year's theme "Issho Ni" -- translated as "together" in Japanese -- contestants were selected for their dedication to perpetuating Japanese culture, commitment to education and passion for community service.

The 62nd Cherry Blossom Festival contestants:

  • Nicole Alohilani Ansai
  • Nicole Mari Kai Burns
  • Alyssa Erika Fujihara
  • Erin Mei Fukaya
  • Kristin Meilynn Imose
  • Kaysha Fujiko Izumoto
  • Michaela Kyoko Kamemoto
  • Sarah Kiyomi Kamida
  • Jasmine Emi Nicole Nagano
  • Karen Reinante Nakagawa
  • Chelsea Noelani Okamoto
  • Danica Chiemi Tamaye
  • Alysha Tanabe
  • Cara Lei Mariko Tsutsuse
  • Chelsea Jaye Chie Uchihara

Over the next few months, these women -- between 19 and 26 years old and at least 50 percent Japanese -- will participate in cultural classes, public appearances and community service events before the crowning of the 62nd Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and Court at the festival ball.

Festival Ball:


Sunday, March 30


5:00 p.m.


Sheraton Waikiki

2255 Kalakaua Ave

Honolulu, HI 96815

For more information click HERE.

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