Festive Event on Maui

One of the most popular and festive events on Maui island is the Maui Fair and has been a part of Maui life for 95 years.  This year's fair was held in the second week of Oct.

This community event brings family together for a day of eclectic activities in a wholesome and fun environment. The Maui Fair has a rich heritage of big ticket events that has draws large crowds.

The first Maui Fair was held in 1916, well before Hawaii’s statehood status in the city of Kahului. The opening ceremonies were kicked off with a 3,000-person procession led by the Hawaiian Band of Honolulu. It was held on 10 acres of land of Pu’unene Avenue. It was established with the purpose of having an event that people young and old would enjoy.

Women showcased their needle work and other arts and crafts. The real attraction was Daisy, Honolulu Zoo’s pride and joy 5-ton African elephant, that was shipped over from Oahu. To help provide transportation to the fair, the Plantation Mill employed their large trucks for the task.

After a successful event in 1916, it was not until 3 years later that the next Maui Fair was held in 1919. Aside, for a brief furlough during World War II the fair has been a staple of island culture ever since.

Fair planners were not afraid to put on a show. One of the popular features were the Pa’u riders (female horseback riders) who rode on adorned horses during the parade in the 1930’s and 1940’s. In 1934, Native Americans were brought to the fair for the Wild West Show.

At one point, a “sham battle” was presented between two infantry forces of the First Battalion, 299th Infantry in 1941 that brought crowds in droves. At some points in history, businesses closed and kids took school off. Employers even allowed their employees to save money directly from their paycheck throughout the year so they could take their whole family to the fair.

Over the course of the fair’s history, 25 different sports have been introduced. Some of these include: horse racing, demolition derbies, football, boxing, tennis, golf, baseball, yacht racing, and jujitsu. Over the years there has been a Japanese lantern procession, fireworks, dog shows, beauty pageants, car shows, livestock demonstrations, and baby competitions.

In 1947, Maui had a population of 43,000 and over 60,000 people attended. Today the fair is attended by over 100,000 people and includes the major carnival rides like the popular dizzying “Zipper”. The fire department puts on a chili cook off that is all the rage. The Maui Fair is a fun event for people of ages.

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