WAILUKU - There will be road closures and Maui Bus route changes Thursday to accommodate the Maui Fair Parade.
Beginning Tuesday, the Maui Bus Commuter parking normally at the War Memorial Stadium lot will already be relocated to the Kahului Boat Ramp through Oct. 2 to accommodate the fair.
The parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the University of Hawaii Maui College entrance/exit along Kaahumanu Avenue. It will proceed down Kaahumanu Avenue in the Wailuku-bound lanes and then make a right turn onto Kanaloa Avenue and end at the Ichiro "Iron" Maehara Baseball Stadium.
Road closures will be in effect at 4:15 p.m. They will be at the following areas:
* Wailuku-bound lanes of Kaahumanu Avenue, from the intersection of Kahului Beach Road to Kanaloa Avenue.
* Paia-bound lanes of Kaahumanu Avenue, from the intersection of South Papa Avenue to Wakea Avenue.
* All lanes of Kanaloa Avenue, from the intersection of Kaahumanu Avenue to Park Drive at Keopuolani Park.
Traffic will be rerouted in these areas. Roads are expected to be reopened by 6:45 p.m.
The following Maui Bus routes will be affected on Thursday:
* Lahaina Islander (Lahaina Bound): Eliminating 4:40 and 5:40 p.m. Wells Street and Waikapu stop from Queen Ka'ahumanu Center heading to Lahaina.
* Kahului Loop Route No. 5: Eliminating 2:32, 3:32, 4:32 and 5:32 p.m. Harbor Lights/UH Maui College stop from Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. Eliminating 4:35 and 5:35 p.m. Roselani Place and Papa Avenue/Kea Street stops.
* Kahului Reverse Loop Route No. 6: Eliminating 2:53, 3:53, 4:53 and 5:53 p.m. Harbor Lights/UH-Maui College stop going to Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. Eliminating the 4:49 and 5:49 p.m. Roselani Place and Papa Avenue/Kea Street stops.
* Wailuku Loop Route No. 1: Eliminating 4:40 and 5:40 p.m. Maui Memorial Medical Center and Maui Lani Parkway stop. Eliminating 4:23, 5:23 and 6:23 p.m. Kanaloa Avenue stops.
* Wailuku Reverse Loop Route No. 2: Eliminating 4:03, 5:03 and 6:03 p.m. Kanaloa Avenue stops.
Other routes will operate as normal with some deviation in street routing. Riders should expect some delays with the increased traffic.
For more bus information, contact Roberts Hawaii at 871-4838 or the county Department of Transportation at 270-7511.
The 89th Maui Fair runs from Thursday through Oct. 2 at the War Memorial Complex.
The Maui Fair and Girl Scouts of Hawai'i are asking parents to sign in at the Lost Keiki Tent during the fair. Each child will receive a wristband in exchange for a parent or guardian's cellphone number.
Also the Maui Fair is improving its ride wristbands, which cost $25, and will be available for purchase from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
The wristbands will feature 10 ride tabs that can be used (one tab per ride) anytime during fair hours Saturday. Before the wristbands were useable only for a portion of the day. Wristband tabs also may be shared between friends and family and more than one wristband may be purchased per person, all of which were not allowed previously.
Also on Saturday, the seventh annual Maui County Department of Fire and Public Safety Chili Cook-off Fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Famous chefs along with fire crews will cook up the creations that will be for sale for $1 per bowl with proceeds donated to the Shriner's Children's Hospital Patient Transportation Fund. Awards and sampling will be at noon all fronting the War Memorial Pool.
For or more information, go online to www.mauifair.com, twitter.com/mauifair or on Facebook.