Made in Hawaii Festival gears up for virtual event August 21-23

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Sponsored by Central Pacific Bank Foundation and Mahi Pono

The 26th Annual Made in Hawaii Festival is going virtual in 2020! The online festival will take place from August 21-23 and serve as the launch of a new online Made in Hawaii Festival Marketplace shopping site. The festival also welcomes Central Pacific Bank Foundation and Mahi Pono as new presenting sponsors this year. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson sat down with Executive Director Amy Hammond to learn more.

The virtual event will be accessible to “festival-goers” at no charge and will feature the festival’s popular attractions: Cooking demonstrations by top Hawaii chefs and live-streamed performances by Na Hoku Award-winning performing artists, including Melveen Leed and Bobby Moderow Jr.

Outrigger Resorts’ 12th Annual Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search showdown also will be live-streamed on the Made in Hawaii Festival website and Facebook Live page and Outrigger Resorts’ Facebook Live page.

The new Made in Hawaii Festival Marketplace will feature more than 200 vendors from around the state. It is expected to be the largest online store to offer exclusively Made in Hawaii products that have met the festival’s strict “Made in Hawaii” guidelines. The site will enable vendors to reach a wide base of local, national and international shoppers looking for a reliable source of unique, high-quality Hawaii-made products that aren’t widely available outside the state.

The Made in Hawaii Festival Marketplace online store will give vendors a valuable ecommerce platform under the well-established “Made in Hawaii Festival” umbrella; festival devotees and newcomers alike will be able to shop favorite vendors and products – and discover new favorites – year-round on one convenient website.

The festival’s other sponsors and partners include Buy Local It Matters, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaiian Air Cargo, Innovate Hawaii and Ulupono Initiative.

For information and updates, visit MadeInHawaiiFestival.com and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @MadeInHI