27th annual Cherry Blossom Festival: Food, culture, fun

  • Visitors feed the lion at the Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday in Waimea. See more photos on page 8A. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Line Dancers from Kamana Senior Center perform at the Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday in Waimea. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Taiko Drummers from Kona Hongwanji perform at the Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday in Waimea. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Chinese Lions dancers perform at the Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday in Waimea.

  • Alan Matsumoto, left and Jason Sugibayashi pound mochi at the Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday in Waimea. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Members of Kona Hongwanji make mochi at the Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday in Waimea. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Kikuko Kibe, left, teaches Deanna Nobriga origami.

  • Chef Allen Hess shows off his cooking demonstration creation with his daughrter Mai at the Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday in Waimea. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • James Cantyne makes Okinawan andagi at the Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday in Waimea.

  • Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko performs at the Cherry Blossom Festival.

  • Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko performs at the Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday in Waimea. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Members of Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Kohala-Waimea perform at the Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday in Waimea.

  • The ChooChoo train takes keiki for a ride at the Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday in Waimea. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Cherry blossoms at Church Row Park.

  • Cherry Blossoms on church row at the 27th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Saturaday in Waimea. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Entertainment, food and vendors were abundant at the 27th annual Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday in Waimea.

The 27th annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival took over the North Hawaii town with a full lineup of free, multicultural performing arts, hands-on demonstrations and more.

Organized by members of the Waimea community and Hawaii County’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the festival marked the blooming of the historic cherry trees at Church Row Park. The trees typically bloom in late January and early February following a good winter’s chill and ample rainfall. Trees were seen in the early stages of bloom as festivities began.

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