Beautiful Cherry blossoms at Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii
The Cherry blossoms at Waimea are always a fun way to enjoy spring in the region and the popular Cherry Blossom Festival a highlight to enjoying springtime festivities on the island. Although the festival this year was mostly online for visitors to enjoy, the cherry blossoms were still on full display and wonderful to enjoy at church row park in Waimea.
Over 75 trees were planted in the scenic corridor of Church row in Waimea showcasing this as a peace symbol and a perfect gathering spot to celebrate the Cherry Blossom blooms and the significance of this effort from the local community.
History of the Cherry Blossoms of Waimea
The Cherry blossom trees are stunning to visit in early spring around February to early March and enjoy the Hawaiian version of Sakura and hanami celebrations in Japan. This mimics hanami and enjoyment of just sitting underneath the cherry blossoms and enjoying their short lived beauty by doing some art, having a picnic or just being with friends or family on the grassy areas around the trees.
Hanami is also celebrated around the world and even here in Waimea with these beautiful trees that were gifted from local groups and Japan as a gesture of friendship. The first cherry trees were done as a memorial to Fred Makino, the founder of Hawaii’s Japanese newspaper, Hawaii Hochi and the Waimea Lions Club invited to plant the first trees along Church Row in Waimea. They eventually planted more in church row and other parts of Waimea dedicated to the Japanese immigrants who settled in Waimea and also for the historic visit of Emperor Hirohito and his wife to Hawai‘i.
Kuleana for maintaining the trees
Under the Waimea Lions club care and kuleana, there are over 75 trees planted in over 40 years of growth in Church row and surrounding areas of Waimea. It is a never ending project the club ensures with annual tree trimmings, fertizing and spraying along with occassional care of the tree health from experts.
A yearly festival to Celebrate the Cherry Blossoms at Waimea
Ever since 1994, the Cherry Blossom Festival takes place under the watchful eye of the local Parks and Recreation department of Hawaii. Numerous organizations also participate and share their love of island foods, spring celebrations and other traditions.
You can get more updates to the cherry blossoms and festival on their website here for more information.
This year celebrations were done online due to covid but you can check some of the fantastic Cherry Blossom highlights from previous years below.
Places to explore around Waimea and the Hamakua coast
Enjoy the Kamuela Farmers Market in Waimea
Visit the Waimea Farmers markets
Visit Waimea, Hawaii
Tour and hike Pololu Valley
Visit Honoka’a town on the Hamakua coastline
Enjoy and hike Waipio Valley
Explore Akaka Falls
Stroll around Honomu town
Visit the area of Lapahoehoe Point
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