My first and favorite stop was the photo exhibition in the gym. I never tire of looking at beautiful images. It’s a goal of mine to develop my own photography skills and I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by inspiring photographers on the valley isle. The photo exhibit had categories for black & white, color and color photography art.
The orchid exhibit took my breath away. The presentation of these gorgeous plants was creative, highlighting the beautiful colors and the variety of flowers. The hanging plants were my favorites. Orchids always bring back happy memories of time spent with my grandmother, Tazuko Ginoza, as she worked on her orchid plants.
I had to control myself in the horticulture area as I wanted to take it all home (but don’t worry I didn’t!). The locally grown eggplant, starfruit, Japanese cucumber, jabong, pumpkin and sour sap were oh so tempting.
The food booths! The main reason many fight the crowds. There were so many choices. From your traditional deep fried carnival fair to local favorites. I devoured my Puerto Rican plate with pasteles but wish I was returning to also try the pancit or to give the pog slushie a try. There’s plenty of seating and live music too!
Many government agencies had information booths including the Maui County Fire Department and the State Department of Agriculture which brought along many examples of critters not allowed in our island state.
The commercial and vendor tents gave merchants an opportunity to showcase a new line or product and included booths for marshmallow shooters, hula hoops, clothing and a blast from the past, custom 80s style airbrushed Ts. I’m pretty tempted to return today just to get my own Tania T (and have a pog slushie of course).
My souvenir for the night was a caricature drawn by artist Katie Ralston in less than five minutes. You just tell her what type of “scene” you want and she sketches it out using a sharpie, you can watch the action on an overhead projector.