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63rd Chrysanthemum Festival to be held Dec. 5

WAILUKU – Teens from four Maui high schools are vying for the 63rd Chrysanthemum Festival crown, a Japanese cultural event that raises funds for scholarships and historical preservation programs for Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans, the sponsor of the festival.

The event will be Dec. 5 at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. Exhibits and entertainment are at 4:30 p.m., dinner at 6 and the program starts at 7. Admission to the festival is free. Tickets for the dinner cost $15.

The queen of the festival is the contestant who raises the most money through ticket sales.

This year’s contestants are:

* Jaelyn Domingo, 16, of Kula, a junior at King Kekaulike High School and the daughter of Jasmine and Rolyn Domingo.

* Dayna Tamiko McGinnis, 16, of Wailuku, a junior at Baldwin High School and the daughter of Kelly and Joni McGinnis.

* Mealani T. Nako, 16, of Kula, a junior at Seabury Hall and the daughter of Sidney and Diane Nako.

* Aimee Nathan, 16, of Kahului, a junior at Maui High School and the daughter Wendy K. Nathan.

For ticket or event information or to contribute to a contestant’s efforts, call Leonard Oka at 249-2163 or 385-7670.

Oka is president of Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans. He is co-chairing the event with Gary Nakama, a past president of the group.

Proceeds support the sponsor’s historical preservation projects, which are done for the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, and for scholarships, which are given in partnership with Maui AJA Veterans Inc.

This year, $1,000 scholarships were awarded to 11 graduates of high schools on Maui.

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