This was my first visit to the Cherry Blossom festival in Waimea Hawaii, and I’m glad I finally made the easy trek out to Waimea to see all the amazing things happening at this fantastic celebration to the Cherry Blossom.
This of course is the annual blooming of the cherry blossums along church row in Waimea, the festival celebrates with a huge line-up of spectacular venues and events that lasts all day – it is a must see event - I wonder why it took me such a long time to finally see this – its fantastic!
The entire island comes to this event from the east and west side of the island and the streets and all the gathering places are packed with beautiful displays, programs, music and of course the delicious food –’ Onolicious’ is what we say!
I got to see highlights of every thing that makes this event a must see, take a look below.
The oldest church in Waimea, the Imiloa was shining brilliantly against a blue, blue sky and the inside was glowing with all this beautiful and exotic koa wood.
Bonsai displays were all over church row from various bonsai groups, I loved to capture the work in progress, along with the finished product.
The interior of the Honwanji in Waimea, the alter is ornate and filled with beautiful pieces including this dragon pot in front, and I’m wondering if they store anything inside to share with the congregation.
Tea ceremonies were being shared at the Parker home and museum…I have to say I was mesmerized and yes the Parker home is also quite stunning!
Well that shows some of the highlights to my visit, I’ll make sure to make this an annual visit in my calendar of events around Hawaii Island.