December 6th, 2019 / posted by paularath

Woodwork by Ken Smith                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Photos courtesy CJ Smith

For more than 15 years, since 1998, I started shopping for Christmas in August, at the Made in Hawaii Festival. That’s because I compiled a special gift list and wrote a Black Friday centerpiece story for The Honolulu Advertiser, with a focus on buying only made in Hawaii gifts for friends and family.

While it was always a lot of work to search and shop and photograph and describe every item, I loved working on that story. It gave a voice to the outstanding Hawaii artists and craftspeople who work all year long to make unique gifts for the local market.

My holiday Made in Hawaii gift story from 1999

I definitely don’t shop like that any longer, but occasionally a holiday art and craft fair comes to my attention that I would like to share with readers. This weekend there are two.


This holiday sale offers a plethora of gifts, from swim goggles to ukuleles, created by friends and family of the hosts.

I discovered Enso bags last year through a friend and bought several for gifts. They were really well received and now the offerings, and the prints, have expanded so I can buy more and give more.

The 2019 bag collection of Enso


Enso’s pillow cases

And there’s more….

Photo by CJ Smith


Perfect gift for the swimmer on your list


Handmade wood boxes


Handmade ukuleles

Sometimes a holiday sale serves a special cause. When the charity is Africa-based, I am always drawn to it. I lived on that continent for two years – a year in Botswana (heaven) and a year in Nigeria (hell). But those are long stories!

A friend just told me about this sale, which helps organizations in Africa, and I thought you might want to know about it too.

Date: December 7, 2019 (Saturday)
Place: 252 Kahako Street, Kailua (the Bluffs)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

*Jewelry -extensive collection from local, national and international crafters
* Ceramic Bowls & mugs *Gourmet Homemade Treats: Fresh baked bread, scones,
cookies, breads, bugle snacks, seasoned salts, mini rum cakes, prune mui, mango-papaya-ginger jam, berry jam, homemade vanilla extract & vanilla sugar; *Duck Soup (soup, dessert mixes) and other yummy treats! *jeweled pens; * custom
wood bar stools, hall tables, business card holders *serving boards *Macramé plant
hangers *Handmade Ornaments * Hand crafted cards *Essential oil-scented body
powder * Artisan Soaps ; * Customized Journals *badge holders; Christmas baskets;
*baby quilts/blankets, *Bags *Boutique Baby Bibs, diaper shirts, burp cloths,
aprons (adult/kid) *Japanese scrolls *paracord key chain & lanyard, survival
bracelets *crystal angels & sun catchers *Obis, *microwave bowl carriers,
microwave potato bags’ *jeweled Serving Spoons * tooth fairy pillows *16-ribbed
Umbrellas * Keepsake Tabletop Christmas Trees * Artwork *Wine bottle lights
*plants; *gift baskets, *air-plants *Tea cup and assorted soy candles; *Imari and
antique Japanese pottery; *Caterpillar farm kit (live) –with instructions to raise 3
into endangered monarch butterflies; bird houses; stuffed animals+ ….and More!
Please join us for unique items and…Invite your friends too!

*This Fair offers support to the following non-profits: * MADE IN HOPE (empowering women
& girls rescued from the sex trade, breaking the cycle of exploitation ) This year we will have a
silent auction for Made in Hope.*Advocates for Africa’s Children; *Heart for Africa &
H.O.W. (Helping caregivers & orphans in Africa)

Directions: from Pali Hwy: turn at Castle Hospital onto KALANIANAOLE hwy.
Go past the stoplight at Keolu drive, turn at the next Left –KANAPUU St.
Second right- KAHAKO St.; 4th house on right.
Info: 497 3277 (Maile or Kara) 252 Kahako Street, Kailua


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