Specially Made

Lei Chic

Dealing with customer service hotlines is really just a numbers game.

2: The number of times you listen carefully to the menu as its options recently changed.

5: The number of menus you have to go through before getting transferred to a representative.

17: The number of minutes you spend listening to bad elevator music before a live person actually picks up.

Bottom line: it’s a total zero.

Which is why you’ll want to stop by this weekend’s Made in Hawaii Festival at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena. Below, we preview just a few of the hundreds of local vendors you’ll be able to meet face-to-face; vendors who are perfectly happy to answer questions about their products and offer special Festival-exclusive savings.

In our book, that’s a perfect 10.

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Madre Chocolate

Don’t miss: Cinnamon Daddy Mactella, an all-local macadamia nut chocolate spread, and three-tablet samplers of the factory’s most popular chocolate bars.

Deal: $5 off on five-bar orders, plus daily specials posted on Twitter and Facebook.

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Kauai Nut Roasters *NEW*

Don’t miss: Freshly-roasted nut mixes, like Koloa spiced butter rum nuts, ginger lilikoi pecans, and, a bestseller, coconut Kona coffee pecans and macadamia nuts, mixed with two types of dried coconut.

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Roberta Oaks Hawaii

Don’t miss: A limited re-release of Roberta Oaks’ Junk Yard Jewelry made from vintage car emblems, high-waisted Aloha shorts and sweet seersucker dresses.

Deal: Three items for $100 rack, 50 percent off rack and 25 percent off men’s Aloha shirts.

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Don’t miss: The debut of a new slouchy beach tee.

Deal: 20 percent off your purchase when you mention “Lei Chic.”

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HuluWuwu *NEW*

Don’t miss: Fascinators, necklaces and earrings made out of preserved orchids and ferns, along with her signature feather designs.

Deal: 10 percent off your entire purchase when you mention “Lei Chic.”

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Don’t miss: Signature lei necklaces, hammered earrings and necklaces, keiki beach glass and puka earrings.

Deal: Free Aloha bracelet when you say “ki-ele’s made in Hawaii” (up to five per day), plus daily specials posted on Twitter and Facebook.

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Midori Jewelry

Don’t miss: First crack at the fall and winter O Ke Kai collections, like earrings and necklaces with 24-karat gold gilded bumblebee shells.

Deal: Get a free sterling silver charm necklace with a purchase of $75 or more when you mention “Lei Chic.”

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Don’t miss: New sliced agate friendship bracelets, bird and feather medallions and “bro-celets.”

Deal: Up to 30 percent off the current collection, select pieces for $10-$15, special giveaway valued at $250. Like Ginger13 on Facebook or follow Ginger13hawaii on Instagram to get a $5 coupon when you spend $25 or more.

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Jana Lam *NEW*

Don’t miss: New sunglasses cases made out of Jana Lam’s original hand-screened textiles.

Deal: 10 to 15 percent off all merchandise, including her signature clutches.

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Sky Dreams

Don’t miss: The Sky Dreams purse, an iPad or eReader holder with front zip pocket that doubles as a crossbody purse and can be strapped to the Sky Dreams travel blanket.

Deal: $10 off complete travel set (blanket, purse and neck pillow), select designs on sale for $29.99.

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Maui Soap Company *NEW*

Don’t miss: Organic soaps, lotions, body butters and lip balms in refreshing flavors like Lemongrass, Wild Ginger, Mango Papaya and Patchouli Orange.

First Hawaiian Bank presents the 2012 Made in Hawaii Festival, tomorrow and Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena. Admission is $4 and free for children ages 6 and under. Look for $1 off coupons at First Hawaiian Bank’s Oahu branches while supplies last. A full list of vendors and map can be found in the August isue of HONOLULU Magazine, on newstands now, or click here for more information.