Kamida crowned 62nd Cherry Blossom Queen

Mar. 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
From left, Miss Popularity Alysha Tanabe, Princess Nicole Alohilani Ansai, 1st Princess and Miss Congeniality Chelsea Noelani Okamoto, Queen Sarah Kiyomi Kamida, Princess Alyssa Erika Fujihara and Princess Cara Lei Mariko Tsutsuse. (Courtesy Chris Kwock)

From left, Miss Popularity Alysha Tanabe, Princess Nicole Alohilani Ansai, 1st Princess and Miss Congeniality Chelsea Noelani Okamoto, Queen Sarah Kiyomi Kamida, Princess Alyssa Erika Fujihara and Princess Cara Lei Mariko Tsutsuse. (Courtesy Chris Kwock)

HONOLULU PULSE STAFF / honolulupulse@staradvertiser.com

Honolulu social worker Sarah Kiyomi Kamida was crowned the 62nd Cherry Blossom Festival Queen on Sunday at the Sheraton Waikiki. Kamida, a 2006 graduate of Kalani High School, also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Westmont College and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

For the 15 contestants in this year’s competition, the annual Festival Ball and coronation ceremony marks the culmination of more than six months of cultural education and professional development. The ladies learned more about Japanese history and business etiquette; they also received instruction in bon dance, tea ceremony, calligraphy, taiko, speech and more.

The Cherry Blossom Festival Queen, First Princess and three Princesses are selected by a panel of judges based on their dedication to perpetuating Japanese culture, commitment to education and passion for community service.

Along with Kamida, the following contestants were also recognized:

» 1st Princess and Miss Congeniality: Chelsea Noelani Okamoto

» Princess: Alyssa Erika Fujihara

» Princess: Nicole Alohilani Ansai

» Princess: Cara Lei Mariko Tsutsuse

» Miss Popularity: Alysha Tanabe

» Violet Niimi Oishi Scholarship: Alysha Tanabe

Judges for this year’s competition were Judge Michael F. Broderick (retired), Phyllis Yuen Fujiwara, Thomas K. Doi, Jan M. Harada and Tammy Kubo.

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