WHO/WHAT: The Wahiawa Nikkei Civic Association presents two events to celebrate the cherry blossom season. Friends and family can enjoy refreshments and local talent in Japanese entertainment on Jan. 28, and a 90-minute trolley ride to view Wahiawa’s cherry blossoms on Feb. 4.


• “29th Annual Sakura Matsuri ”— Saturday, Jan. 28, from 7-9 p.m. at Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission, 1067 California Ave. The evening will feature local talent performing Japanese songs and dance. Refreshments provided by Nakayoshi Kai, the friendship club of Leilehua High School. Door prizes and sakura (cherry blossom) plant giveaways. Donation of $5 requested.

• “Sakura Safari – Hana Mi” — Saturday, Feb. 4. Meet at Wahiawa Ryusenji Soto Mission, 164 California Ave. Trolley leaves at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Take a special 90-minute trolley ride through Wahiawa Town and view the abundance of cherry blossoms in this quaint residential community. This event celebrates the first sakura tree planting using seedlings from Okinawa and the continued propagation of the trees by Wahiawa residents. The cool climate of Wahiawa is ideal for maintaining the sakura trees’ health. Reservations required by Feb. 1. Seating is limited. Trolley ride is $20 per person. Seating is guaranteed with receipt of payment. Optional bento may be reserved in advance for $5 each.

For more information or reservations, contact Rene Mansho at renemansho@hawaii.rr.com or (808) 291-6151. Payments can be mailed to Wahiawa Nikkei Civic Assoc., 94-428 Kahulialii St., Mililani, HI 96789.


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