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Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival (Feb. 5)

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Think pink at the annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival on Saturday, Feb. 5. The scenic event showcases the blooming of Church Row Park’s historic cherry trees and the Japanese tradition of viewing them—hanami.

This year’s event pays tribute to master lei and kapa maker Marie McDonald and Milton Yamasaki, long-time and recently retired manager of the University of Hawaii’s Mealani Research Station. The Waimea residents will be honored at opening festivities behind Parker Ranch Center.

During the 9 a.m.-3 p.m. festival, a host of activities sprawl eastward from the Parker Ranch Historic Homes on Mamalahoa Hwy. 190 to the Hawaiian Homestead Farmer’s Market on Hwy. 19 — look for pink banners identifying site locations.

Enjoy Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts, plus demonstrations of bonsai, origami, tea ceremony and mochi pounding and a host of colorful craft fairs. The festival offers free shuttle transportation among venues.

For info, call 808-961-8706.

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