Repaved lot leads to changes for ’14 fair

Maui Fair-goers this year will find some of the major attractions and offerings in different places at the War Memorial Complex, basically because holes can no longer be drilled into the newly repaved gym parking lot, the fair managing director said this week.

While the final plans still were being worked out, the relocations have been triggered by the need to move the Commercial and Products & Services tents from the War Memorial Gym parking lot, said Sherri Grimes.

“As big as our tents are, there is no way we can secure the tents without making holes in the ground,” she said Wednesday.

Grimes said that the county has tried to accommodate the fair but that the bottom line is that there can be no pegging or pounding into the asphalt. Fair officials mulled putting precision engineered anchors in the asphalt, but that would have locked the fair into the same tents in the same location every year.

“We decided the best thing to do is look at a different layout,” Grimes said. “After 27 years, it is good that we are needing to have changes.”

Current plans, which Grimes indicated are still undergoing revisions, include leaving the food booths, entertainment tent and events in the War Memorial Gym, such as orchid and horticulture exhibitions, untouched. Almost everything else, such as the Joy Zone and the livestock areas, “will be moving or adjusted,” she said.

The Commercial and Products & Services tents will be consolidated into one Maui Fair Products & Services Tent, which will be relocated to a spot near Sakamoto Pool, where the arcade games were, she said. The single tent will be able to accommodate the same number of commercial vendors and crafters as before, Grimes said.

The Joy Zone will be moving toward the War Memorial Stadium and may encroach onto the stadium parking lot, she said.

The old gym parking lot will become a parking area for fair vendors and officials but not for the general public, she said.

Grimes said that fair officials are trying to get the word out about the new layout at the fair.

“People are so used to where for three decades everything has been,” she said.

Applications currently are being accepted for the Maui Fair Products & Services Tent. To obtain an application, email or For more information, use the vendor emails or call the fair administrative offices, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays to Fridays beginning Aug. 1, at 242-2721.

Application packets also are available for the Maui Fair Parade, set for Oct. 2, the first day of the fair. The parade, which begins at 4:30 p.m., starts at the University of Hawaii Maui College, rolls down Kaahumanu and Kanaloa avenues and ends at the War Memorial Stadium parking lot.

The deadline for completed parade applications is Sept. 12 by 2 p.m., and there will be no exceptions. A mandatory meeting will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Alexa Higashi Meeting Room.

Parade applications are available for download at

The Maui Fair is part of a tradition that began in 1916. This year’s fair runs from Oct. 2-5.

* Lee Imada can be reached at