June 18th, 2013 / posted by paularath


Just a few of Lynda’s Hadji Baba Bags

One of my favorite sales of the year is coming up this Sunday, June 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Waioli Tea Room. It’s called Take 5 and it’s all about friendship.

Five friends, each of whom happens to be a creative force,  get together for one day only – once a year only. You gotta be there.  I never fail to find all sorts of lovely things for myself, my family and my friends.

Here’s the five friends lineup:

Hand painted blouse by Wendy Kim-Messier

  • Wendy Kim-Messier is always coming up with artful new ideas for clothing creative women like herself. She hand paints and screen prints whimsical images on simple garments in carefully chosen fabrics for a chic, modern silhouette.


Mudcloth Hadji Baba Bag

  • Lynda Sakraida’s one-of-a-kind Hadji Baba Bags are works of art. (You can usually find them only at The Gallery at Ward Centre.) Inventive and unique, Lynda kinda goes into a “zone” when putting together all the elements of her bags and I swear each bag has its own personality.She also has an amazing treasure trove of buttons and other embellishments from all over the globe.


Sweet Charlotte is famous for these delectables.

  • I can always blame a few extra pounds on Charlotte Tanaka of Sweet Charlotte. Charlotte is such a sweetheart that her son, Kian, works with her. (How many mothers and sons do you know who can work together without coming to violence?) While their Middle Eastern eggplant relish, Litee, is a delicious condiment that pairs well with many different cuisines, it’s her Ginger Snaps that I can’t resist (and always have to buy for my mother). Be sure to try her new cupcakes with chocolate ganache in the center. Fabulous!


A new creation by Candice Wakumoto.

  • Silver clay is taken to a whole new level of luxury in the creative hands of artist Candice Wakumoto. Her award-winning jewelry is elegant and ever evolving. Candice combines  silver clay with all sorts of semi-precious stones and other tiny surprises to create amazing, artful accessories.


Every Cora Yee piece has its own individual style.

  • Cora Yee travels the world collecting beads and embellishments for her amazing necklaces and earrings. Her eclectic aesthetic is for the woman who wants her jewelry to make a statement. At this Take 5 sale, Cora will also be selling some mini art items and a few of her prized travel souvenirs.

– Paula Rath

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June 19th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Thank you for the wonderful article, Paula. Hope everyone comes for the sale as the Tea Room will most likely be closing it’s doors at the end of the year!

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