Hele on to the Maui fair

Kahului’s Colby Cabigao, 5, has a great time on the Helicopters ride Thursday night at the Maui Fair. “I actually love this ride too much,” he said afterward. “I had too much fun.” • The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
Carol Choda of Haiku’s Exotic Orchids of Maui poses with the award-winning Vandaccous orchid she and husband Michael Blietz entered in this year’s Orchidland Show presented by the Maui Orchid Society. The Renanetia Sunrise “Prasong” AM/AOS orchid won the Governor’s Best in Show award. • The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
Buck Joiner of Kihei rides in a replica locomotive in the Maui Makers entry in Thursday’s parade. • The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The 95th Maui Fair got off to a rousing start Thursday afternoon with a Hawaiian blessing of rain that began falling just as the Maui Fair Parade got underway. The event began in 1916 and has been held ever since, with the exception of the World War I years of 1917 and 1918 and the World War II years of 1942 to 1946. The fair has been held at Wells Park in Wailuku, the old Kahului Fairgrounds along Puunene Avenue and the War Memorial Complex. More fair photos on Page A3 (The fair begins).