Kauai salon celebrates Japan's Girls Day tradition

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

The Garden Island reported Monday that Salon J in Kapaa did princess makeovers for about 40 girls on Sunday to raise money for the YWCA of Kauai.

Salon owner Jeanette Huttger says the money 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.

Huttger says the idea for princess makeovers came from a client who said she saw a princess beauty salon during a Disneyland visit.

Huttger says the girls also got a goodie bag with a tiara, a wand and other small prizes.

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