What a turnout! On Saturday, November 14th, our gallery and ʻohana hosted the first annual Holiday Arts and Craft Sale event from 9am to 3pm. We invited everyone to join us in bringing the holidays to Kaʻū including some abundance and prosperity for the community.
The event was held outdoors in the area surrounding the gallery. We were fortunate to have calm and cool weather, especially for Kaʻū. Being outdoors enabled us to accommodate a minimum of six feet social distancing between each vendor and plenty of walking space for visiting patrons. Seven residents from the Kaʻū community, including Volcano, joined us as event vendors. Volunteers helped us keep this a safe and enjoyable event for all - whether they were directing traffic, assisting patrons with parking, greeting attendees, or playing ambient music for everyone.
Vendors provided various forms of arts and crafts. Tui Masaniai graciously offered his voice and musical talents throughout the day. It had been a while since he played in public prior to the impacts of COVID-19. At some point during the day, Sonny Ramos, stopped by and played a few songs for us as well. Tui's ʻohana - Donna Masaniai, Tanya Ibarra, and Malie Ibarra - also showcased their artistic talents. Donna brought her handmade cork wallets, Tanya displayed her art pieces "reflecting Polynesian legends and history", and Malie offered her nature inspired designs printed as stickers. Vendor, Coley Smith, presented her hand-sewn lamp shades, pillows, aprons, and masks. All done in fabrics attached with special stories.
Brenda Savage and her family brought numerous handcrafted holiday gifts including wreaths and lighted miniature trees. Vickie Hanson presented an array of artistry from paintings to jewelry. Michelle Wall-OʻConnor and Lorraine Newport offered homemade jellies, sun catchers, beaded bracelets and lots of laughs. Nina Kirby offered multitudes of healing products alongside some live wreaths she wove together with plants from her ʻāina.
One of our vendors, Jamie Kaluaʻu, participated to raise funds for her son Jonah. Jonah was invited to play football in Australia this upcoming summer. They prepared an assortment of snacks such as Chinese pretzels, peanut brittle, Chex mix, brownies, and snack packs. If you'd like to support or place an order, contact Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event attendees included island residents and visitors. Everyone did their part to maintain a safe environment by wearing their masks, sanitizing their hands or using gloves, and practicing social distancing when appropriate. It was a great success and we hope to continue it next year!
We are so blessed to be able to re-open our doors since businesses first shut-down seven months ago. More so, we are grateful for the opportunity to continue serving our community and bringing abundance to Kaʻū. Mahalo piha everyone for your guidance and support!
Enjoy this special upbeat video made by our volunteer and family member, Hokulani Liftee, recapping our event!