By Wendy Osher
University of Hawaiʻi Maui College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto was named the honorary fair director for the upcoming 91st Maui Fair.
The announcement was made yesterday by Maui Fair Managing Director Sherri Grimes, who said the honorary post provides an opportunity each year to express appreciation for an individual in the community.
The 2013 Fair opens with a traditional parade on Thursday, Oct. 3 and continues through Sunday Oct. 6 at the fairgrounds in Wailuku.
An entertainment lineup has been released for each day of the fair, including prime time performances by Kapena, Mailani, Nuff Sedd, Weldon Kekauoha and Willie K.
On Thursday, Oct. 3, the fairgrounds will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. Entertainment on that day includes: parade commentary by Shane Kahalehau and Harley Tripp beginning at 4:30 p.m.; gates open at 5 p.m.; Zenshin Daiko at 6:30 p.m.; opening ceremonies with Mayor Alan Arakawa and Wadaiko Hibiki- Gumi at 7 p.m.; Sean Naʻauao and Hālau Ka Hanu O Lehua, under the direction of Kamaka Kukona from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and Hilarious Hypnosis with Joel and Tarah from 9 to 10:30 p.m.
Prior to general admission opening on Friday, Oct. 4, the fairgrounds will be hosting a Special Fair from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The entertainment lineup for the Special Fair on Friday includes: Zenshin Daiko at 10 a.m.; welcome by Mayor Alan Arakawa at 10:20 a.m.; Piʻilani Arias Duo at 10:30 a.m.; Mikey Mina and Friends at 11:45 a.m.; and Maui Cartoon Characters from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Gates on Friday open to the general public at 5 p.m. and remain open until midnight. The entertainment lineup includes: KPOA’S Got Talent at 5:30 p.m.; Mailani at 7 p.m.; Nuff Sedd at 8:30 p.m.; and Hilarious Hypnosis with Joel and Tarah from 10 to 11:30 p.m.
Fair hours on Saturday, Oct. 5 are from 10 a.m. to midnight. The day starts with the 14th Annual Meadow Gold Healthy Baby Contest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event also includes appearances by Maui Cartoon Characters. At mid-day there will be a performance by Hilarious Hypnosis with Joel and Tarah from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Other entertainment includes: Huʻewa at 3 p.m.; Y106.5 FM presents Sheron and The Silver Spur Band at 4:30 p.m; Weldon Kekauoha and Hālau Kekuaokalāʻauʻalaʻiliahi, under the direction of ʻIliahi and Haunani Paredes from 6 to 7 p.m.; Makaha Sons from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Willie K from 9 to 10 p.m.; and Hilarious Hypnosis with Joel and Tarah from 10 to 11:30 p.m.
The fair closes out on Sunday, Oct. 6, with final day events running from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The entertainment lineup on Sunday includes: Spirit Showcase Hosted by Mackie Mac from Da Jam from 11 a.m. to 1p.m.; Andy Kaina and the Kaina Country Band from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m; Hilarious Hypnosis with Joel and Tarah from 3 to 4 p.m.; Da Braddahs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Nā Hoa from 6 to 7 p.m.; Kapena from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and Hilarious Hypnosis with Joel and Tarah from 9 to 10:30 p.m.