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Watashitachino Dentou Wo Eien Ni PERPETUATING OUR TRADITIONS

57th Cherry Blossom Festival Fifty - Seventh Cherry Blossom Festival Watashitachino Dentou Wo Eien Ni – Perpetuating Our Traditions

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Governor Linda Lingle and Lieutenant Governor James “Duke” Aiona, Jr. Mayor Mufi Hannemann and Consul General of Japan Toshio Kunikata United States Senators Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel K. Akaka United States Members of Congress Neil Abercrombie and Mazie Hirono 59th HJJCC President David Kaneko 57th CBF General Chair Corday Feagins

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59th HJJCC Board of Directors History of the HJJCC Young Business Roundtable 57th CBF Steering Committee History of the Cherry Blossom Festival Cherry Blossom Festival Sponsors About the 57th Cherry Blossom Festival Celebrating 10 Years of Multicultural Diversity Cultural Award Violet Niimi Oishi Scholarship Award Essay Contest Visiting Royalty Japan Cherry Blossom Association Sister Chapters Japan Goodwill Tour Past Presidents, Queen, and Chairs Souvenir Book Cover Gallery

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56th CBF Queen Photo – Kimono 56th CBF Queen Photo – Evening Gown Letter by 56th CBF Queen – Tricia Heather Shiori Tamaru 56th CBF Queen & Court 56th CBF Court Thank You Messages 56th CBF Queen & Court Community Service Events 57th CBF Calendar of Events 57th CBF Contestants 57th CBF Contestant Portraits and Biographies 57th CBF Queen & Court Awards

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Behind the Scenes Honorary Advisors Applause List of Advertisers

ON THE COVER 56th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Trisha Heather Shiori Tamaru wears a beautiful silk furisode kimono generously provided to her by the Fujiyasu Kimono Company, a Diamond Sponsor. Trisha was dressed by professional kimono dresser Ms. Yuko Miskolczy of Watabe Wedding, a Diamond Sponsor, and was photographed by Mr. Steven Yamaki, Professional Photographer and owner of Images by Steven, a Silver Sponsor. 1


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MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR AND LT. GOVERNOR

Lt. Governor James R. “Duke” Aiona, Jr.

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We are pleased that the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce has continued to host one of • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Hawai‘i’s most celebrated ethnic festivals for more than half a century. This year’s theme, Perpetuating Our • Tradition, • • • is •especially • • meaningful • • • •because, • • with • the • community’s • • • • support, • • •the •Cherry • •Blossom • • Festival • • is • able • • • to• pass • down • • Japanese • • traditions, • • • culture, • • history • • and • language • • • for • generations • • • to• come. • • • • • • • • •

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A• T• U •L A • T• O• R •Y • M• E •S S • A • G• E •S

Linda Lingle and James “Duke” Aiona

Message from Governor Linda Lingle

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• • •ANNUAL • • • • • • CHERRY • • • • • • BLOSSOM • • • • • • • FESTIVAL • • • • • • • 57 th

• Honolulu • • • Japanese • • • Junior • • Chamber • • of • Commerce • • • has • played • • an • important • • • role • in • our • state • •for •more • • The • than • •58 years. • • The • •people • •of Hawai‘i • • •and• their • friends • • in • Japan • • share • •a special • • relationship, • • • •which • •is further • • • • strengthened • • • • through • • events • • such • as• this • festival. • • Your • • work • truly • • enriches • • the • cultural • • diversity • • • of •our •islands. • • •

• extend • • a• warm • •mahalo • •to the • Honolulu • • • Japanese • • • Junior • •Chamber • • of • Commerce • • • and • the • volunteers • • • for • • We • their • •continued • • support • • •in preserving • • • and • promoting • • • the • heritage • • of • Japan. • • • • • • • • • • • • •

JANUARY - MARCH, 2009

On • behalf • • of • the • people • • of • Hawai‘i, • • • we• send • •our • personal • • greetings • • • of• aloha • • to •the •participants • • • and • • supporters of the 57th annual Cherry Blossom Festival, sponsored by the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Commerce. •

• best • •wishes • •for •another • • memorable • • • Our •

• • Lingle • • • • • • Linda • Governor, • • • State • of • Hawai‘i • • •

Aloha,

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• • festival. • • • exciting

• • R.• “Duke” • • Aiona, • • Jr.• • • • James Lieutenant • • • Governor, • • • State • • of Hawai‘i • • •

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR City & County of Honolulu

Mufi Hannemann • • • • • • • • • •

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MESSAGE FROM THE CONSUL GENERAL OF JAPAN IN HAWAII Toshio • • • • Kunikata • • • • • •

A• T• U •L A • T• O• R •Y • M• E •S S • A • G• E •S

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Respect FOSTERS trust. Trust FOSTERS friendship. Friendship FOSTERS peace.

Congratulations to the participants of the 57th Cherry Blossom Festival. It’s our pleasure to support an event that inspires Hawaii’s young women to reach for their goals.

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MESSAGE FROM UNITED STATES SENATOR

Daniel K.• Inouye • • • • • • • • •

MESSAGE FROM UNITED STATES SENATOR

Daniel • • • • K. • • Akaka • • • •

A• T• U •L A • T• O• R •Y • M• E •S S • A • G• E •S

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