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Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival Cancelled due to COVID

January 7, 2022, 4:37 PM HST
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The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation cancelled the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival due to the COVID-19 surge on the Big Island.

“On Jan. 6, 2022, the coordinating committee of the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival met to discuss the upcoming event, which was scheduled for Feb. 5, at various sites throughout Waimea,” said Maurice Messina, Director of Parks and Recreation, in a press release issued Friday, Jan. 7. “At the meeting, concerns were raised about the current surge of Covid-19 cases on Hawai‘i Island and if it is appropriate at this time to hold an event that has traditionally attracted 30,000-plus visitors to the Waimea area. Many people have worked hard to make the Cherry Blossom Festival one of the island’s premier events, and the committee expressed that they felt obligated to cancel this year’s event out of concern and love for their community,” said Messina.

The coordinating committee and the department’s Culture & Education Division will work on a plan to pay tribute to all those who have helped bring the Cherry Blossom Festival from its humble beginnings
to what is now a cherished annual event on our island.

“Several community partners have already pledged their support to assist in developing, coordinating, and producing newspaper inserts to ensure our communities can reminisce about what makes this annual tradition so special,” Messina said. “Although we regret to have to cancel this year’s event, we’re looking forward to bringing back the traditional Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival in 2023 – which will be its 30th anniversary.”

For more information, contact the department’s Culture & Education Division at 961-8706

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