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Gov. Abercrombie to attend Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival

Gov. Neil Abercrombie will join the celebration of Waimea’s Japanese heritage by planting cherry trees in honor of exceptional community contributors during the 21st Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Abercrombie will be a part of the festival’s opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. at Parker Ranch Center, joined by Mayor Billy Kenoi in saluting this year’s festival honorees, Waimea residents Emiko Wakayama and Fumi Bonk.

At 10:30 a.m., the governor will plant a cherry tree in front of the Spencer House in honor of lifelong Waimea resident, retired Judge and former Lt. Gov. Nelson Doi. At 11:15 a.m., the governor will plant three more flowering cherry trees on the front lawn of Waimea’s Department of Agriculture building at the entry to the Lalamilo Farmlots.

The community is invited to join the tree plantings, which are intended to also contribute to the original vision of Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival founders who wanted to encourage the addition of more of the flowering trees along the main roadways through this cool upcountry community.