- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

KAPAA, Hawaii (AP) - A Kauai salon is celebrating the Japanese tradition of Girls Day with makeovers for young girls and funds going to charity.

Salon J in Kapaa did princess makeovers for about 40 girls Sunday to raise money for the YWCA of Kauai, The Garden Island reported (https://bit.ly/1hZQCnt ).

Salon owner Jeanette Huttger said the money - about $30 per makeover - will help abused women and children.

Girls Day, known as Hina Matsuri in Japan, is celebrated March 3 and is popular in Hawaii. The tradition includes elaborate doll displays and blessings for young girls and their future.

The idea for princess makeovers came from a client who said she saw a princess beauty salon during a Disneyland visit, Huttger said. Along with their makeovers, the girls also got goodie bags with a tiara, a wand and other small prizes.

“We wanted to do something to give back to the community and to be able to do something here in the salon,” she said.

Girls getting makeovers Sunday were dressed like their favorite princesses. Their transformations included hair, nails, makeup and a coronation with the tiara.

Huttger says she hopes to turn the day into a yearly tradition for the salon.

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Information from: The Garden Island, https://thegardenisland.com/


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