Maui County Fair Recap

Real Estate Agent with The Maui Real Estate Team, Inc. RS-63201

This past weekend was the Maui County Fair in Kahului. The four day event is always a great time for Maui residents of all ages. I remember anxiously looking forward to the local fair as a kid. The games and rides were far and away my favorite. These days, I tend to stay away from the midway and spend more of my time at the agricultural exhibits. Here are some photos from my Sunday at the fair.

Looking towards the Midway of the Maui County Fair on a beautiful Sunday in early October.

Midway of the Maui County Fairspecimen, Kids and adults enter their prized birds and livestock in the fair. The rooster below was a good looking that did not ribbon. In addition to roosters, chickens, pigs, cows, horses and goats, there were a variety of pigeons and ornamental birds.

Roosters at the Fair

Maui is world renowned for the quality of its orchids. Active orchid clubs and individuals have been very successful in creating Orchid hybrids that are truly spectacular. A blue ribbon orchid at the county fair is a pretty noteworthy accomplishment. The photo below does not do justice the beautiful blooms of this healthy orchid.

Maui County Fair Award Winning Orchid

Asian cultural influences are evident throughout Maui. The art of the Bonsai Tree is one that was brought to Maui in the late 1800s and early 1900s with Japanese immigrants. It is an art form that is practiced on the island to this day with considerable skill. This bonsai tree was one of the first place winners at this year's county fair.  

First Place Bonsai at Maui County Fair

If I have but one regret about this year's county fair, it was that I arrived with a full stomach. The fair is famous or infamous for its food. Local charities have food booths where the proceeds benefit their organization. The volume and variety of the food is amazing. The dishes include all kinds of island favorites.

The fair is held every year in late September/early October. I look forward to next year's event and promise myself that for better or worse I will arrive with an empty stomach!


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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

I love the orchids! And the little bonsai is so cool. I've always wanted a bonsai, but I don't know how to take care of them. I even have trouble with my bamboo. How sad is that?

Oct 09, 2008 08:45 AM #1
Steven Nickens
Island Sotheby's International Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Nice pictures Pete,

I like the farm section the best. Did you take in any rides.


Oct 09, 2008 12:13 PM #2
Pete Jalbert
The Maui Real Estate Team, Inc. - Paia, HI

Lisa-Thanks for the comment. I always thought Bonsai trees were pretty cool from when I first saw one in the Karate kid when I was a kid. I think they are harder to maintain than it looks, but I may need to give it a try at some point.

Steve-I skipped the rides. Most rides that go in circles give me motion sickness. Heck, I get motion sickness when I am driving my own car on a windy road so I am a bit of a wimp on that front. Sounds like we have our first high surf advisory headed our way.


Oct 10, 2008 05:00 PM #3
Georgie Hunter R(S)
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

What did you eat at the fair?  I need to post my pics before next year... haha.

Oct 13, 2008 02:36 PM #4
Pete Jalbert
The Maui Real Estate Team, Inc. - Paia, HI

No food for me this year. Need to go on an empty stomach next year.

Oct 13, 2008 09:50 PM #5
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