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‘Sponsor a Tree’ at Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival

The Consulate of Japan is giving 30-50 specially adapted cherry trees to the Waimea community. All are invited to “Sponsor a Tree” project in collaboration with the Outdoor Circle and the office of Councilwoman Margaret Wille at the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival on Feb. 1. The project is part of an ongoing effort to educate residents and visitors about the special relationship Waimea has with Japan and several Japanese sister cities. On their last trip abroad, the only place the emperor of Japan and his wife visited was Waimea. Find out why the town is special to them at the Cherry Tree Jubilee event at Church Row.

The district’s three Senior Citizen Clubs – Waimea, Waikoloa, and North Kohala — are sponsoring a cherry pie competition at the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival. And if you would like to contribute your own cherry pie to share with the community, please drop off pies between 8 and 11 a.m. Judging starts at 12 p.m. in the “pie tent” at Church Row.

If you are interested in participating or assisting with either of these events, contact Wille at her Waimea Council office at 887-2043.