April 29th, 2016 / posted by paularath
Chris Oliver's Kailua Crates serve many purposes.

Chris Oliver’s Kailua Crates serve many purposes.

There’s just no keeping a creative person down. When The Honolulu Advertiser closed in 2010, Chris Oliver was one of the multi-talented folks who lost their jobs.

Chris was the travel editor in the Island Life Section and she put together an eclectic, imaginative and intriguing section every week. I have a file full of “Future Trip Ideas” clipped from her sections.

Since the newspaper’s closure, we have become lifetime friends. When we need a sounding board – someone who truly understands us – we get together for coffee or lunch.

The closing of the newspaper allowed Chris to do something she has long dreamed of – moving back part time to her native England. She and her husband Gareth live half the year in Kailua and half the year in Cambridge.

Perfect for a bathroom caddy.

Perfect for a bathroom caddy.

In addition, the freedom of writing part time as a freelancer allows her to use her able hands to build furniture (her children’s Adirondack chair was a sought after item at our Malama Palama silent auction), grow flowers and start an innovative (not to mention adorable) home decor line called Kailua Crates.

These make wonderful Mother’s Day or hostess gifts, but I plan to buy some for myself. Hey, I’m a mother!

Kailua Crates have versatile uses for the home and outdoors.

Kailua Crates have versatile uses for the home, inside and out.

The crates will debut this Saturday at a special Art Extravaganza, featuring some of my favorite artists and artisans, including:

Bev Creamer (Jewelry)

Sabra Feldstein (glass works)

Leslie Hayashi (children’s books)

Elizabeth Kent (vintage kimono artwear)

Pam Sandridge ( hand knitted shrugs)

 

One-of-a-kind kimono jacket by Elizabeth Kent

One-of-a-kind kimono jacket by Elizabeth Kent

Here are the details:

Saturday, April 30

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

1033 Hunakai Street (by Kahala Mall)

– Paula Rath

 

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