On Saturday February 2nd, we ventured 2500 feet up the mountain side to the
pretty little village of Waimea. This was the day of celebrating its annual
cherry blossom festival. The Japanese Cherry trees were planted many years ago
in recognition of the community's strong ties with Japan.
The town is also the home of the famous Parker Ranch - one of the largest
ranches in the world. The "cowboy" heritage of this community goes
back to the 19th century when Mexican cow pokes were brought here to help
develop the skills of the locals.
There were exhibits of Japanese crafts and culture. One of the Buddhist temples
was open. There were kite making sessions, Sumo wrestling demonstrations, food
booths of all sorts and a gigantic plant sale featuring everything from basil to
At the modern town hall were were live entertainment by dancers, singers and
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