Saturday, October 29, 2011

Day 17 of Our Tour of Maui, Hawaii - Maui County Fair - Wailuku Town, Maui, Hawaii

Our family attended the 89th Annual Maui County Fair held the last few days of September and the first few days of October in Wailuku Town, across from the Maui County Police Department.  The fair is very small, compared to the fairs that I attended when I was a girl in the Mainland.  It is the only type of fair my children know, however, so they enjoy it.  They think that a fair is simply carnival rides and food.  When I was a girl, I raised and brought sheep to the fair to enter into the livestock competitions.  Those are my memories.  One day I will take all my kids home to the Mainland, I hope, to experience a large Idaho fair.  Until then, I'll enjoy making memories with them at our little local fair here on Maui.

The boys had to march in the parade with their scout troup on the opening day of the fair, so we girls agreed to ride with them and wait for them at the end of the parade route.  This was a first time attending the fair on Thursday.  Usually we attend on Friday and then rest up on Saturday.

Oh yeah!!!  I can hear Sione in my head.  That is what he would say "Oh yeah!!"  Drag it out for a really long time, and say it in a very loud voice that would pierce a dog's ear, and that is how he sounds.

You could see Siaosi in his uniform and barely see the girls' tiny heads from where I stood on the ground.

Fair Toys!! I hope these disappear soon!!! I would never make them disappear myself, never, but I hope they disappear on their own very soon! ;)

Hunger pangs are beginning to set in. Time to go visit the food court. I was starving by that time also. We ended up getting way to much food because we had waited so long too eat. Our bodies were in severe starvation mode by that time, but our eyes ended up being bigger than our stomachs.

I'll bet you recognize some of this food...

But some of it, I'll bet, leaves you speechless, wondering what on earth it could be.  The Maui County fair is one of the best places to try local cuisine.  You can find so many different varieties, and some of the best cooks on the island show up trying to earn money for their local charities.

And this is where he asks for money and then disappears, never to be heard from again - until it is time to eat something.  I'm afraid that the teen years are going to put a damper on my ability to get as many photos at any given event as I want to.  I'm afraid it is seriously going to curtail it.  I'm not sure how I feel about that, but I'm sure a part of me is pretty sad.

All of my kids are artists.  I know what you're thinking...I should have seen that one coming.

Sione has had his artwork selected for the fair exhibit for as long as I can remember.

Instead of wasting an enormous ton of money on those carnival games and winning some more carnival crap that I will just have to throw away on the sly, we ended our night with the Ferris Wheel.  I have to admit, I missed watching Sione pour his heart into winning whatever game he tries his luck at.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

My Youngest Girl is 5!!! - Birthday Party @ Salon 253, in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii - Best Hair Salon on Maui

My youngest daughter turned five years old this year.  Yay!!!  Five means she gets to go to school.  That means that I have no more children at home during the day.  I am going to get so much work done.  We wanted to celebrate by having her party at a salon where the girls could get their hair and nails done and look like princesses for a day.

We have all had the same hairdresser, Nichole, for several years now.  As luck would have it, Nichole just recently opened up a new salon with her good friend Adiel.  It was a perfect place for the girls to have their party and get their wish granted. 

It is interesting how I met Nichole, several years ago.  My long-time hairdresser had quit cutting hair quite awhile before, and I had been to several salons, trying to find a new hairdresser, with disappointing results.  I had even been to one of the fancy hotels and visited their hair salon attached to their spa.  That was my most disappointing haircut of them all, and I had just about given up hope of finding anyone on Maui who could cut my hair the way I wanted it done.  One time I went to three different hairdresser in two days, trying to fix the mess they made of my hair.  I have really easy hair to deal with, so there was no excuse for it.  I had even begun to think age had just permenantly changed my hair for the worse.  I could hear my mother in my ear as I twisted my hair in the familiar coil and tied it in place with a scrunchy saying, "A good haircut will make you feel better."  She's right it does make you feel better, and living in the tropics will flatten what ego you might have had into a pancake.  Two weeks before I was due to go home to visit the Mainland I called my mom to tell her to book me an appointment to get my hair done while I was there; but I cringed at having to go home looking the way I did.  I mean after all these years of raising kids in the intense tropic heat, my ego is pretty much gone; but still inside, I cringed.  I cringed hard.  It made me make one more attempt at it.  I swallowed my pride, again, and made a call to what looked like the best salon I could find.  I found Nichole.  It was a good thing too, because I only get back to the Mainland every five to ten years, if I'm lucky.

Now I'm going to make it really super easy for you, and you are going to thank me.  You can find Nichole and Adiel at the very charming Salon 253 on 253 S. Market Street in Wailuku, across from Iao School.

If you are a bride coming to Maui and you want to have your hair and makeup done, I recommend calling the salon and booking Nichole or Adiel.  I wouldn't go anywhere else.  I don't know how to be more blunt about it than that.  They are the ones I would choose, over any other salon on Maui, including the ones in the fancy spas.  If you are getting married on Maui, call the salon and set up an appointment for the girls to do your hair and makeup for you.  Business is going to be so busy that thank goodness for me, Nichole knows I am a most loyal customer and can always get an appointment when I need one.  Right Nichole!!  Congratulations on your new salon.  You deserve every bit of it, and I'm so happy for you.!/salon253