On Friday, July 24, Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Jewel Kahiwalani Miyuki Mahoe drew the names of winners of the 37th annual “Guess the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen” contest, sponsored by The Hawai‘i Herald and Hawaii Hochi. We apologize for the delay in announcing these contest results. Due to the COVID-19 lockdown orders, various aspects of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce Cherry Blossom festival and our confirmation and presentation of the prizes, were delayed.

On July 24, the 68th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen, Jewel Mahoe, visited the Hawaii Hochi, Ltd. office. Here, she draws the winning entries in “Guess the Cherry Blossom Queen.”
(Photo by Noriyoshi Kanaizumi)

Seiko Sekine of Möi‘ili‘ili was the first prize winner of a $500 travel voucher, courtesy of Regal Travel. Sekine submitted a nearly perfect ballot predicting the queen, first princess and one princess. (A perfect ballot correctly predicts the queen, first princess and at least two princesses.)

The second prize winner was Yuki and Audrey Toguchi of Pearl City, who won a prime rib take-out dinner for five people, courtesy of Pagoda Floating Restaurant. The original prize of a buffet dinner was modified to comply with the government’s lockdown orders.

Form left: Pagoda Floating Restaurant General Manager, John Teruya, with Audrey and Yuki Toguchi who won second place in the “Guess the Cherry Blossom Queen Contest.” (Photo courtesy of John Teruya)

Third prize winner, Laurie Ide, also from Pearl City, won a gift basket from Iida’s.

“Guess the Cherry Blossom Queen Contest” third place winner, Laurie Ide, receiving her Iida’s gift basket from manager, Shirley Iida. (Photo courtesy of Laurie Ide)

The Herald thanks all of our contest sponsors for their support.


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