Come for the food, stay for the grease pole

FIRST PHOTO: Standing before fried fish, salted fish, mangoes, fresh tomatoes, noodles, rice and a special kind of meatloaf, Lahaina Filipino Catholic Club Vice President Mila Lat (left) and member Remy Ramos offer free samples of traditional foods from the Philippines on Friday evening at the start of the 45th annual Barrio Fiesta. The free event at the War Memorial Complex in Wailuku that concludes today opens at 9:15 a.m. and closes at 9:30 p.m. Highlights include a 9:15 a.m. memorial service for veterans, a 10 a.m. grease pole contest, a 1 p.m. Battle of the Pinoy Bands, and the Little Miss Barrio Fiesta Contest starting at 5:30 p.m.

SECOND PHOTO: Flowers are placed near a statue of the Virgin Mary during the opening ceremonies’ Parade of Queens on Friday night at the Barrio Fiesta, which celebrates Filipino culture.