66th CBF Queen Brings an International Perspective to Her New Role

Gwen Battad Ishikawa

Melanie Camille Michiko Carrié, the newly crowned Cherry Blossom Festival queen, has lived in places others have only dreamed of — and in less than a quarter of a century!

Carrié was born in Antwerp, Belgium, to her Japanese American mother from Pearl City, Denyse Inouye Carrié, and her French father, Michel Carrié.

Her father’s work as a chemical engineer took the family, which includes her younger siblings — sister Nadia and brother Matthew — to locations such as Beijing; Edinburgh, Scotland; Paris; Cincinnati and Poughkeepsie, NY. But Hawai‘i had never been her home until September 2016 when she settled here to help care for her ailing maternal grandfather, Richard Inouye.

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