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February 4

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Stage Entertainment schedules for the Feb. 3, 2018 Festival.

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The Firehouse Gallery, a project of the Waimea Arts Council will be offering this year's collector's poster for only $10. This year it features art by Waimea artist Anna Sullivan.

Featured artist for the 25th Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival is longtime supporting member of the Waimea Arts Council. Her image was chosen to bridge the origins of the festival signature blooms and the Japanese heritage they celebrate to today’s vibrant gathering from around our isla...nd and indeed from round the world.
Born Anna Moff she’s been Anna Sullivan since marrying 20+ years ago. She told this editor, “I was drawn to all forms of art since I was very young. I graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in 1986 and have continued to create a variety of work in a host of mediums including ceramics, woven fabric, painting, mosaics and drawing. It was in 2014 that I began a mixed media method combining fabric, wood burning and paint in a collage manner. Use of patterned fabric, cut and assembled permanently to wood panels my finished work has a mosaic feel that surprises the onlooker.”
”Having danced hula for several years, the spirit embodied in this dance is near and dear to me. ‘Celebrating the Bloom’ is the largest of three works I’ve made depicting hula dancers who have participated in previous of Waimea’s Cherry Blossom Festivals.” This large format artwork (28 x 48” inches) can be seen with other examples of Sullivan’s creative bent at the Firehouse Gallery at Waimea’s Historic Corner during the festival and with other cherry blossom an springtime themed art by local artists members through February 24, 2018.

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KTA in the Waimea Center has activities for the keiki this coming Saturday in conjunction with the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival.

Sat 9:00 AM UTC-10KTA Super Stores Waimea

Blue Zones Project® at the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival!

Visit one of the two Blue Zones Project information and activity booths - one behind Parker Ranch Center and one at Church Row Park. Along with our Blue Zones Project information, they'll have gardening activities for all ages. Come plant your very own food starter plant that you can take home (while supplies last)!

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Quilt Show & Fiber Craft Booths
at Mana Christian Ohana Hall (aka Kahilu Town Hall)
across from Kahilu Theatre

Ka Hui Kapa Apana O Waimea is proud to present a special quilt show this year for this year’s festival. ...
This year’s show will feature the quilts of six generations of quilters in the family of our club president, Cyndy Martinez. Her family members are master quilters and designers. Their work has been shown in various shows on this island. They spread their knowledge through several quilt groups, shows and craft fairs. This show is a must see. This event will also have crafts, jewelry, quilts and scarves for sale.
Ka Hui Kapa Apana O Waimea was founded on July 29, 1972. A Hawaiian Cultural Studies grant was given to they Hawaiian Civic Club of Waimea by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts to establish this non-profit organization. Two objectives of this hui is to gather members with mutual interests in friendly fellowship and to preserve, perpetuate and encourage the art of Hawaiian quilting. To accomplish their objectives, they teach at three to four cultural events a year and maintain a collection of patterns contributed by our generous members. A small sample of our patterns will be available only at our quilt show.
If you are interested in joining, Ka Hui Kapa Apana O Waimea meets on the last Saturday of each month at St. James Episcopal Church on Kawaihae Road in Waimea at 9 am to noon. For more information, please call Cyndy at 808-938-5728.

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At Kahilu Theatre
TEA TASTING by Mauna Kea Tea

Tastings with the tea maker will be focused at 10 am and 1 pm. Hawaii Grown tea will also be available for sale.
In celebration of Japanese heritage and its influence on local culture, Mauna Kea Tea will provide tastings and of a variety of Hawaii Grown and Japanese Teas in the lobby of the Kahilu Theater. As spring nears each year, Waimea’s cherry blossoms also signal the beginning of the tea harvest. Winter dormant fields of... tea burst to life, producing the best crop of the year. Come taste the tea and enjoy the camaraderie, with a focus on the wider world of Japanese teas, to include gyokuro, sencha, and matcha.
Mauna Kea Tea has been in Ahualoa since 2005 with 2 acres now under sustainable, certified organic production. The farm’s teas and tea blends plus tours and workshops help local residents and visitors experience optimal health and social connection through tea.

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Thanks Landry Fuller and North Hawaii News for the article about this year's 25th Annual Festival.…/waimea-cherry-blossom-her…/

WAIMEA — Roxcie Waltjen has vivid memories of the first Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival in 1994. After all, the event was held the same week she joined Hawaii County’s Department of Parks and Recreation, 25 years ago this week.

This is the map for the Festival this year. Activities all over our upcountry town, all free.

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25th Annual Cherry Blossom Art Show Jan. 31-Feb. 24.
The Firehouse Gallery is a program of the Waimea Arts Council, a non-profit all-volunteer organization

Firehouse Gallery and Waimea Arts Council added 9 new photos.

Springtime and Cherry Blossoms in Waimea Jan. 31-Feb. 24

February is springtime in Waimea and the time to celebrate “Hanami,” the viewing of the flowers. Saturd...ay, February 3, 2018 is the 25th Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival. For each of these 25 years, the Waimea Arts Council has sponsored the cherry blossom art exhibition at the Firehouse Gallery to coincide with the festival. This year the annual show will feature “Springtime and Cherry Blossoms.” Original art, prints, cards, and fine crafts will be for sale by artist members and will be on display from January 31 through February 24. A percentage of all sales will be donated by the artists to the Council to fund various community art educational programs.

The featured artwork for the 2018 Cherry Blossom Festival and the art exhibition is "Celebrating the Bloom", a pyrography mixed media wood piece by Waimea artist Anna Sullivan. This unique 28" x 48" wall piece is framed in curly mango. Anna says of herself and her art, “Born Anna Moff, and using Anna Sullivan since marrying nearly 20 years ago, I was drawn to all forms of art since I was very young. Graduating with a BFA in 1986 from FSU, I have continued to create a variety of pieces including, ceramics, weaving, painting, mosaics and drawings. In 2014 I began a mixed media method that combines fabric, wood burning and paint. The use of patterned fabric, cut and assembled on wood panels, has a mosaic feel. Having danced hula for a few years, the spirit that embodies this dance is near and dear to me. “Celebrating the Bloom” is the largest of three works I have made depicting hula dancers during Waimea's Cherry Blossom Festival.”

Sullivan’s original piece “Celebrating the Bloom”, is available for sale at the Firehouse Gallery, along with other pieces in her unique style of combining fabric and wood. In addition, Sullivan’s work will be featured on the 2018 commemorative event poster, available only at the Firehouse Gallery and priced at $10 each.

2018 visitors to the gallery on Cherry Blossom Festival Day can try their creative hands at chalk drawing on the concrete and surrounding sidewalks at Waimea Historic Corner Park during the festival. Bring your own chalk or use the Waimea Art Council’s. Artists and wannabe artists can express themselves visually during the festival. Parents please supervise your children in this area.

Also available at the Historic Corner on February 3, will be a wide range of wontons, from savory meats to dessert treats provided by Any Kine Wontons. Many other activities, crafts and entertainment will be available throughout Waimea Town on this day.

The Gallery will be open extended hours from 9 am to 4 pm on February 3.

The Waimea Arts Council is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the arts, the encouragement of artists, and providing a forum for art-related community events.

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The 25th anniversary of the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival has a full lineup of free, multi-cultural performing arts and hands-on demonstrations, plus over 150 crafters and food booths 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3.
Festivities are at various venues sprawling through the town’s center—look for pink banners identifying site locations. New to the festival is the Cherry Blossom Express—a Disney-themed “train” for small children offering rides at Church Row Park by ...

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"The Cherry Blossom Express"
Keiki Train Rides at Church Row Park ☺️

Something new is coming to the Cherry Blossom Festival! Train rides for the kiddies (run by Clarence and Gloria Yee). Free for keiki around Church Row Park. Eight barrels with a Disney theme will be pulled by an authentic looking Locomotive (some say it even looks like Tommy the Train!).

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Kamuela Liquor Store, Sake Tasting, February 3, 2018
Old Waimea Theatre.

Waimea’s only liquor store, on Hwy. 19 driving towards Honoka’a, hosts a family tradition and offers visitors sake tasting during the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival, from 12 noon to 3 pm.


The recreational beverage and snack needs of the Waimea Community have been supplied by several generations of the Wakayama Family. Around 1938 Jitsuji Wakayama erected the Kamuela Theatre next door to the I. Oda Store. Although recollections are varied, the theatre expanded the theatre functions once held at I. Oda, hosting dramatic Japanese Touring Companies, movies and community events. One old newspaper article about I. Oda described a “shibai” (farce), performed by locals whose costumes were made by wives of Parker Ranch workers. After the Second World War, the theatre was discontinued and the operation was devoted to selling beverages. The store, then run by Jitsuji’s son, Tetsuro, became known as the Kamuela Liquor Store. Becoming even more entwined in the fabric of Waimea, Tetsuro married Yukie, whose father was a noted Paniolo for the Parker Ranch.
Today, Tetsuro’s son, Alvin Wakayama, continues to run the operation with his parents. In recent years, the store has expanded its food selection to include Gourmet Products and boutique cheeses, along with the typical snacks. The Kamuela Liquor Store continues to be an active participant in and supporter of the Waimea Community.

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Historic Spencer House, in Waimea Center
On Saturday, Feb. 3 for the festival come to the Welcome Center at the historic Spencer House in Waimea to enjoy and admire their display of kokeshi dolls and kimonos. You can also learn the history of Spencer House built in 1840, the first western-style house in Waimea, and find out about some other places of interest in the area.

Last year, the Spencer House hosted accomplished koto player and teacher, Darin Miyashiro, who teaches koto at UH Manoa’s Music Department and performs on O`ahu with the Sakai Koto Kai Hawaii and the Hawaii Koto Academy, and in Hilo with the So-shin Kai. Due to last year’s overflow crowd at the historic Spencer House, Darin will perform this year at 12 noon at the Kahilu Theatre. Performing on koto with Darin are Alison Akamine and Riley Cabarloc from Hilo.

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Many Waimea community non-profit groups are involved in the festival every year.
This includes the Waimea Outdoor Circle (WOC)

At the Cherry Blossom Festival WOC will occupy the Waimea Preservation Association building at Waimea's Historic Corner where an assortment of complimentary heirloom seeds will be available to the public. Samples of Native Hawaiian plants from the Waimea Nature Park will be on display along with information about The Waimea Outdoor Circle and the sta...tewide organization The Outdoor Circle. This year, new styles of canvas tote bags and tee shirts will be available for purchase.

The Waimea Outdoor Circle (WOC) was established in 1989 and is a branch of The Outdoor Circle of Hawaii, a non-profit organization formed in Honolulu in I912 with over 3,000 members statewide. The mission of the WOC is to create a healthy future for our children and ourselves by fostering environmental preservation and conservation of local biology through education and community involvement. The Outdoor Circle is the most active environmental and beautification organization in the State of Hawaii, advocating for Hawaii’s natural beauty and planting public places.

The WOC carries out its mission by providing services to and with the community. Ongoing events include an annual spring plant sale on the second Saturday in April, median strip clean up days in town and working with the community to encourage responsible signage. Currently, the largest and ongoing project of the WOC is the Waimea Nature Park, Ulu La’au, which is open to the public every day, free of charge and filled with Native Hawaiian plants. It is maintained entirely by volunteers and donations.

For more information about the organization, go to or

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There are many events throughout the festival, however the tastiest is at the Waimea Senior Center. The Senior Club of Waimea ia sponsoring a Cherry Bake-off contest.
So get out your favorite recipes and enter.

Here's the scoop:...
The Waimea Senior Center is going all out to produce the second annual Cherry Bake-Off which will have three categories: pies, cakes and other baked goods using cherries as one of their ingredients (fresh/frozen/canned) to be used in each recipe. No entry fee will be charged.

This is an open competition to anyone from the Big Island with entries accepted on February 3 from at 8:30 am at the Senior Center located at Waimea Historic Corner, intersection of Hwys. 19 & 190. There is no entry fee, but there will be three cash prizes being given out for each category. Judging will be done by at least two judges and after awarding of prizes all remaining goods will be sold. Proceeds to benefit the Waimea Senior Club.

Throughout day, baked goods for display only will be available for sale, along with craft items, sweet bread, and the club's latest cookbooks fresh off the press. Starbucks coffee will be available, while supply lasts.

Tentative Schedule:
8:30 – 9:30 am : Receive/Register baked goods for contest.
10:00 am-10:30 am : Judging of Baked Goods for Contest
10:45 am-11:00 am : Award Prizes
11:00am-1:30 pm : Tasting & Purchasing of Winning entries
2:00 pm : All pau

For information contact Patricia Lewi, President, Waimea Senior Club. email:

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