Wahiawa Town invites public to celebrate cherry tree blossoms

Did you know Wahiawa has the largest collection of cherry trees in the Islands? Every year, it offers two community events to preserve and perpetuate the beauty of these delicate blossoms.

Rene Mansho of the Wahiawa Nikkei Civic Association (WNCA) details the events. The first is the 28th Annual WNCA Sakura Matsuri, billed as a Japanese musical extravaganza “featuring fantastic local talent from our community.”

It features:

  • karaoke singing
  • Japanese dancing (odori)
  • taiko (drums)
  • giveaway of sakura trees
  • refreshments by Nakayoshi Kai, friendship club of Leilehua High School Japanese Language Class (fundraiser)
  • KC waffle dogs

Proceeds support Kaala Nippon Go Gakko.

This is at the Wahiawa Hongwanji YBA Hall at 1067 California Avenue on January 30 at 7 p.m. Donations of $5 per person are suggested.

The second event is the Sakura Safari-Hanami, which are 90-minute trolley tours. This is on February 6 with two departure times: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Meet at the Wahiawa Ryusenji Soto Mission on 164 California Avenue.

The trolley ride is $20 per person, and you can opt to buy a Sakura Safari Bento for ad additional $5. RSVP for the rides to Rene Mansho (808) 291-6151 or renemansho@hawaii.rr.com.

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