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Visitors from across Hawaii Island visit Waimea for the 21 Annual Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival

Aikido of Hilo gives demonstrations throughout the day during the 21st Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Aikido of Hilo gives demonstrations throughout the day during the 21st Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Taiko drumming was part of the entertainment at the 21st Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival on Saturday. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Taiko drumming was part of the entertainment at the 21st Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival on Saturday. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Visitors join in the bon dance at the 21st Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage festival on Saturday, Feb. 1. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Visitors join in the bon dance at the 21st Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage festival on Saturday, Feb. 1. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Governor Neil Abercrombie, Senator Malama Solomon, Mayor Billy Kenoi, and Representative Cindy Evans get involved in the festivities during the bon dance at the festival on Saturday. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)Buy Photo
Governor Neil Abercrombie, Senator Malama Solomon, Mayor Billy Kenoi, and Representative Cindy Evans get involved in the festivities during the bon dance at the festival on Saturday. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Governor Neil Abercrombie plants a tree in honor of Nelson Doi, retired judge and former Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii in front of the Historic Spencer House. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Governor Neil Abercrombie plants a tree in honor of Nelson Doi, retired judge and former Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii in front of the Historic Spencer House. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Bob Abdy and Ruth Dick of the Waimea Bonyu Kai Bonsai Club demonstrate bonsai techniques at the festival on Saturday. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Bob Abdy and Ruth Dick of the Waimea Bonyu Kai Bonsai Club demonstrate bonsai techniques at the festival on Saturday. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Members of the Kohala Senior Citizen Club stop for a photo. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Members of the Kohala Senior Citizen Club stop for a photo. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Members of the Kohala Senior Citizen Club show their contenders for the pie competition at the Cherry Blossom Festival. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Members of the Kohala Senior Citizen Club show their contenders for the pie competition at the Cherry Blossom Festival. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
A few members of the Waikoloa Seniors Club display the pies to be entered in the senior pie competition at the Cherry Blossom Festival. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
A few members of the Waikoloa Seniors Club display the pies to be entered in the senior pie competition at the Cherry Blossom Festival. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Members of the Waimea Senior Citizens Club hold the pies for the Cherry Blossom Festival. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)
Members of the Waimea Senior Citizens Club hold the pies for the Cherry Blossom Festival. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)

Kikuko Kube teaches origami during the festival on Saturday. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Visitors to the 21st Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival gather under the trees to admire the blossoms. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Aikido of Hilo gives demonstrations throughout the day during the 21st Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Taiko drumming was part of the entertainment at the 21st Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival on Saturday. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Visitors join in the bon dance at the 21st Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage festival on Saturday, Feb. 1. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Governor Neil Abercrombie, Senator Malama Solomon, Mayor Billy Kenoi, and Representative Cindy Evans get involved in the festivities during the bon dance at the festival on Saturday. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Governor Neil Abercrombie plants a tree in honor of Nelson Doi, retired judge and former Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii in front of the Historic Spencer House. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Bob Abdy and Ruth Dick of the Waimea Bonyu Kai Bonsai Club demonstrate bonsai techniques at the festival on Saturday. (PHOTO BY ANNA PACHECO| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Gov. Neil Abercrombie planted a second flowering Cherry Tree during the 21st Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival to honor the three generations of farm families who converted what was once a rocky, arid section of land into the “vegetable basket” of the state – an area known as the Lalamilo Farmlots. Gov. Abercrombie is pictured with Sen. Gil Kahele and Sen. Malama Solomon, surrounded by Waimea farmers from left, Lima Tamasese, Larry Nakamoto, Royce Hirayama, Lorraine Kawano, Earl Yamamoto, Raymond Kawamata, Wendell Kawano and David Greenwell. Standing in front of Greenwell is Department of Agriculture Irrigation Division staff member Steve Diaz and next to him, Ken Kakesako from DOA. Keiki pictured are Pu’uwai Covington and Chaz Hirayama Wada. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PATTI COOK)

Members of the Kohala Senior Citizen Club stop for a photo. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)

Members of the Kohala Senior Citizen Club show their contenders for the pie competition at the Cherry Blossom Festival. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)

A few members of the Waikoloa Seniors Club display the pies to be entered in the senior pie competition at the Cherry Blossom Festival. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)

Members of the Waimea Senior Citizens Club hold the pies for the Cherry Blossom Festival. (PHOTO BY LISA M. DAHM| NHN)

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