The Punahou School grad hopes to start a wedding business
Tamaru is new Cherry Blossom queen
Trisha Tamaru, a 2000 graduate of Punahou School, has been selected as the 56th annual Cherry Blossom queen.
The former University of Hawaii and University of Southern California student was selected Friday during the Festival Ball at the Sheraton Waikiki.
Tamaru, who studied business, hopes to open her own wedding planning company, although she confesses a weakness for Japanese cuisine.
"While living in Japan I learned that cooking was an art that took generations to master and eating was as much about the company as it was about the food," she says on the festival's Web site. "I will always be the woman on an endless mission to know every Japanese restaurant in Hawaii. Of my many passions, none define me more than my love of Japanese food."
She is the daughter of Roy and Sharon Tamaru.