Over 50 new vendors, more than 400 showcasing local products
Sponsored by Made in Hawaii Festival presented by First Hawaiian Bank
It’s the Made in Hawaii Festival’s 25th anniversary! This year’s festival will take place August 16 – 18, 2019, at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena featuring over 400 vendors. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is with Amy Hammond, the festival’s director, with a look at what you can expect at one of the most anticipated weekends of the year!
This year at the Made in Hawaii Festival, there will be dozens of new vendors. “I am always impressed by the variety of new products each year and innovative things people present,” Hammond says. For example, Page Chang is just one of the vendors new to the festival. She creates traditional Hawaiian kapa, but is putting her own spin on the art by making it into jewelry. You can get a look at the process here!
Zenga is another new vendor at the festival, showcasing scarves made from vintage Japanese kimono fabric. Yayoi Shibori will have products featuring the unique art of dipping fabric in ink, and Mana Artisanal Botanicals will have a variety of hemp products. After a long absence, Uncle Louis Sausage from Maui will be returning to the festival
“Our returning vendors are always using the festival as an opportunity to introduce new products,” Hammond says. “For example, Maui Fruit Jewel will be introducing a new line of shortbread cookies this year, expanding their product line using this as a test market for their packaging and products.”
Hammond says the festival is a unique event where attendees can meet the manufacturers of the products and have a direct connection. “As the buy local movement grows, it is important to have this experience as they can get to know and trust those that are providing food or products for their families,” she says. “When you buy Hawaii at the Made in Hawaii Festival, it is for Hawaii.”
Check out the Made in Hawaii Festival at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena Friday-Sunday, August 16-18. On Friday and Saturday, the festival is open fro 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $7 while children ages six and under are free. Look for $1-off coupons at First Hawaiian Bank’s Oahu branches while supplies last!
For more information: madeinhawaiifestival.com
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