Craft fairs signal start of holiday season

PUHI — Craft fairs are a sign the holidays are here, and Saturday there were three on Kaua‘i.

“I got a lot of stuff, but there’re a lot more stuff I wanted,” a customer said, toting bags of items from the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School craft fair.

Gayle Konishi, the event coordinator, said shoppers will have another opportunity Dec. 12 when she will host a more festive craft fair.

“We’ll have the craft fair, but this time it will coincide with the Miguel’s Flippin’ Chicken pickup, so we’ll move everything to the basketball court area and have more events to showcase the students of Chiefess Kamakahelei,” she said.

Saturday’s craft fair, the school’s fifth, coincided with pickup of smoked turkey legs which was a fundraiser for the school’s media class.

“We’ve been doing this for five years of the seven years I have been working at the school,” Konishi said.

Leeana Tamashiro was thrilled as she listened to sound effects from ceramic piggy banks being offered at a table.

Her mother, Lynne, was helping at the Quillows table and with items started by Geri Yamamoto after Hurricane Iniki.

“We started selling Quillows for the Kaua‘i Museum craft fair after the hurricane and we’ve been doing it every year,” said Yamamoto, who was manning a table at the Kaua‘i

Veterans Memorial Hospital craft fair in Waimea.

Donna Fuji found her niche this year with her fabric food cover, a compact foldable, washable item which converts aluminum roasting pans into a secure food storage container and protects its contents from flies and other bugs.

Fuji, an ‘Ele‘ele School staff member, unveiled the new item at last week’s craft and book sale at ‘Ele‘ele and already has orders to fill before the holidays.

“I brought about 40 packages this morning and sold almost all of it in the first hour,” she said. “My next appearance is Nov. 29 at the Handworks fair at the Elsie Wilcox School. I’ll work on filling the orders after that event.”

Another new item was the line of Wildtree products being presented by Darnel Miguel who answered questions from shoppers who were attracted by the aroma of the food products wafting from her samples.

“This is something I found on O‘ahu and brought back here since I’ve never seen this around,” she said.

That gamble paid off as she had a steady stream of people stopping after being snared by the aroma.

And for those shoppers whose appetite was whetted by the aroma of the organic food product, there always were extra smoked turkey legs available.

This week, shoppers have an opportunity to shop on the Eastside as the KIDS Preschool in Kapa‘a hosts its annual craft fair Saturday, coinciding with the annual Veterans Day parade through Kapa‘a.

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