Hawaii Councilwoman Margaret Wille posted the following on her Facebook site regarding “appreciation” at today’s Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival:
Opening Ceremony speakers were supposed to be: Mayor Kenoi, myself, and the consulate general from Japan, but the Mayor did not show up. Wally Lau then arrived and spoke in his place.
Appreciation for our kupuna and in memory of Ann Gomes and her husband… David Gomes one of our community’s living treasures.
Appreciation for the beauty of nature around us here on this island and especially in Waimea where the mountains and the streams and forests meet the plains and the pastures, and as epitomized by our Waimea cherry trees.
And appreciation of the contributions of our Japanese ohana and all its contributions past present and future.
And finally appreciation of each other — our alliances among ourselves sharing this special place we live and enjoy.
- 20th Annual Waimea Cherry Festival is Coming Up (damontucker.com)
- Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival Dedicated to the Late Anne Field-Gomes (damontucker.com)