About SHA

Founded in 2011, Sakura Hawaii Alumnae was created from an idea that women with similar experiences and interests could gather and celebrate their common bond. Here, all roads lead back to the Cherry Blossom Festival ... the goal for SHA is to create a vehicle in which Cherry Blossom Festival contestants, upon completion of Festival Ball, will have the opportunity to join the ranks of hundreds of ambitious, successful and community-minded Cherry Blossom Festival women. In 2012, SHA was registered as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization.

Mission

To build positive relationships among all former Cherry Blossom Festival Contestants while perpetuating and advancing Japanese culture and heritage in Hawaii’s community through education and volunteerism.

2015 - 2016 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides leadership, guidance and vision for SHA. Elections for director positions are held in the summer at the Annual Membership Meeting. Associate directors are appointed by directors. Contact us if you are interested in a leadership position or if you have questions.

President
Corday Nagaishi (43rd) Feagins
Vice President
Kristine Wada (57th)
Treasurer
Karen Nakagawa (62nd)
Secretary
Eryn Kawamoto (61st)
Director of Community Development
Sarah Kamida (62nd)
Director of Membership
Crystine Ito (61st)
Director of Communications
Carrie Esaki (60th)
Chairwoman of the Board
Sharene (43rd) Urakami-Oyama
 Associate Director
Catherine Toth (49th)

Associate Director
Desiree Yamamoto (54th)
Associate Director
Sydette Higuchi (50th)
Associate Director
Kathy Horio (18th) Grebe
Associate Director
Kristin Alm (60th)
Associate Director
Nicole Burns (62nd)

 

Special Mahalo

Thank you to the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Cherry Blossom Festival for the support and encouragement as Sakura Hawaii Alumnae embarks on this new journey. On behalf of all former Cherry Blossom Festival Contestants, SHA extends a deep mahalo to the dedicated volunteers of the HJJCC and CBF.

Mahalo to Steven Yamaki of Images by Steven for providing past Contestant group photos, and to Obun Hawaii Group for providing digital images from past souvenir books.