2015 Made in Hawai‘i Festival
Photos: Courtesy of Made in Hawaii Festival
WHAT: First Hawaiian Bank Presents the 2015 Made in Hawai‘i Festival
A three-day showcase of “Made in Hawai‘i” products, including food, books, art, gifts, fashions, plants, crafts, produce and more. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and live entertainment.
WHEN: Friday – Sunday, August 21 to 23, 2015 Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena, 777 Ward Avenue
COST: $5; children six and under free; look for $1.00-off coupons at First Hawaiian Bank's O‘ahu branches, starting in mid-August (while supplies last)
Save the date
When attendees explore the aisles at this year’s Made in Hawai‘i Festival presented by First Hawaiian Bank, they will discover more than 50 exhibitors that are new to the festival this year, or are returning after an absence from this annual event. This premier showcase of locally crafted, manufactured and grown products from more than 400 vendors comes to the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena on Friday, August 21 through Sunday August 23. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 per person, with free admission for children age six and under. Look for $1 off admission coupons at all First Hawaiian Bank branches on O‘ahu, starting in mid-August, while supplies last.
Cooking demonstrations and musical performances throughout each day add to the fun of shopping this bountiful selection of apparel and accessories, handicrafts and fine art, home furnishings, bath and beauty products, traditional Hawaiian crafts, food products and confections from around the 50th state.
Many of the new exhibitors can be found in Blaisdell Center’s Pikake Room where a hui of 11 Hawai‘i Culture and Retail Association (HCRA) members will showcase their products and where Hawai‘i’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) sponsors a New Products Showcase of first-time exhibitors under the banner “Buy Hawai‘i, Give Aloha”. Also look for several first-time Kauai exhibitors, sponsored by INNOVATE Hawai‘i, a program of DBEDT’s High Technology Development Corporation.
Spanning the island chain, here is a sampling of new exhibitors making their Made in Hawai‘i Festival debut this year:
Iwi Nani – One of a kind bezeled jewelry pieces made with sunrise shells, sea glass and semi-precious stones
Kinis by Renee – Customizable, handmade bikinis
Aim HI Every Day – Organic vegan skincare products such as Invigorating Coco Sugar Body Polish, organic coconut and almond oil lip balm and Pure Hawaiian Sandalwood Hydrosol spray, all handcrafted with sustainable, recyclable packaging
Kaikulu Originals – Woodworker Leslie Vincent’s bowls, lamps, mirrors, bracelets and other treasures made from native Hawaiian woods
Workshop 28 – Sustainable cork coasters and trivets with Hawaiian motifs and fun messages; wood postcards, too.
A Maui Day Handbags by Severina Designs – Hand-printed, hand-sewn wristlets and handbags with Hawaiian plant and coral motifs.
P*sters – Patricia Huntley’s hand painted bags, table runners, hand towels, pillow shams
Polynesian Bone Carving – Hand-carved bone pendants
Kealopiko – Women’s, men’s and children’s aloha apparel with bold Hawaiian flora and fauna motifs, hand dyed and printed on Molokai
FROM HAWAII ISLAND
fishsnax! – Dried ahi, chili pepper ahi and aku plus beef jerky in 4 flavors
Hawai‘i’s Local Buzz – Honey, macadamia nuts, chocolate covered mac nuts and coffee beans
Mark Tomczak Fine Art – Hand painted crystal paperweights
HONOLULU Magazine is excited to participate in the Made in Hawai‘i Festival by coordinating the cooking demonstrations. The cooking demonstration will feature dishes from Hawai‘i chefs. Derek Kurisu of KTA Super Stores will be serving as the cooking demonstrations emcee, so it’s sure to be a fun and entertaining time!
Try the recipes at home
Download the 2015 Made In Hawaii Festival recipe guide made possible by the Department of Agriculture and it’s Buy local It Matters program by clicking here.