For centuries, the Japanese have celebrated the beauty of the blossoming cherry trees by feasting under them. This custom, known as Hanami, has spread throughout the world, and this year’s Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival in Waimea is scheduled for Saturday, February 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Festival will feature performances of Taiko drummers and Bon dancers, as well as a variety of demonstrations, including mochi pounding, origami, bonsai, quilting, Japanese cooking and the traditional tea ceremony. Beginning at the Parker Ranch Historic Homes on Mamalahoa Highway 190, running east to the Hawaiian Homestead Farmer’s Market on Highway 19, Waimea will be filled with craft booths, Cherry Blossom artwork, live performances, farmer’s markets and delicious foods.
This year, Mayor Billy Kenoi will launch the Festival by honoring legendary lei- and kapa-maker, Marie McDonald, and Milton Yamasaki, who’s contributions to local agriculture research have brought Big Island the grass-fed beef industry and the cultivation of green tea and blueberries.
The Sakura, or cherry blossom, has many meanings in Japanese culture. It is a sign of good fortune, a symbol of love and affection, or hope. Some believe each blossom signifies a fallen Samurai, or that the souls of fallen warriors are reincarnated in each blossom. Because of its fleeting but intense beauty, the cherry blossom is seen as a metaphor for human mortality, encouraging us to truly enjoy each moment of our time on earth.
Whatever your belief, your Holualoa Inn ohana invite you to relax and enjoy the splendor and romance of life at our Kona bed and breakfast. Whether lounging by the pool, enjoying an outdoor couples massage, attending local cultural events or exploring Big Island adventures, we encourage you to take a moment and celebrate the beauty around you.
A hui hou,
Innkeeper Holualoa Inn