The cherry blossom viewing, aka hanami, has been a Japanese tradition since the 7th century. Its history on Hawaii island dates back to 1953 when the first sakura tree was planted in Waimea. A full-day cherry blossom festival has emerged since then. It shows how Hawaiian and Japanese culture blended harmoniously.
Besides the recreation with music, dance, and Hawaiian-Japanese cuisine, this sakura festival offers a chance to practice mindfulness. Vibrant colors and spectacular scenery help to remain in the moment and enjoy the island spirit. Traditionally, celebrations take place in Church Row Park. The entertainment is free of charge.