Waimea Town Celebration forges ahead

Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

Steve Kelly of the Cherry Cherry touring band welcomes guests to the concert at the historic Waimea Theater on Wed., Feb. 21, 2024, as part of the eight-day Waimea Town Celebration. Cherry Cherry will also be appearing on Friday starting at 5 p.m., and Saturday starting at 2:45 p.m. at the two-day free ho‘olaule‘a.

Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

The volunteer lighting crew prepares to string up the tent city that appeared in the shadow of the sugar mill on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, in preparation for the remaining nighttime run of the Waimea Town Celebration two-day ho‘olaule‘a, which starts Friday, Feb. 23, 2024.

WAIMEA — The music of Cherry Cherry demonstrated the excitement and fun of the Waimea Town Celebration on Wednesday night, as it broke through the confines of the historic Waimea Theatre and reached the ears of Brysen Hiraoka, who was dispensing a menu of local favorites ranging from Spam musubi to kalua and cabbage in the outdoor lobby.