KAPA‘A — “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow,” said David Murray of the All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Kapa‘a on Saturday during the church’s inaugural First Saturday Community Open Market.
Murray was visiting with vendors set up in the wide yard at the church on Kuhio Highway in Kapa‘a, noting there is a lot of room to grow.
Among the vendors, there were producers of local fruit and vegetables, crafters, a Happy Snacks food truck, and a large tent hosted by All Saints featuring a yard sale of rummage items and a bake sale where a customer was curious about learning to play the Japanese hanafuda card game.
“We thought we would host the bake sale to help the initial vendors,” Murray said. “We plan to host the farmers’ market on the first Saturday of each month and we’re hoping there will be more vendors so we won’t have to put up the church’s tent.”
Magenta Billett was one of the vendors, being a first-time vendor for her Kolopua business, which she shares with Karen Mavec. “Koloapua means ‘fragrance’ and we have sachets, scarves and shirts available,” Billett said.
Diane Tabura and Malia Napoleon shared a tent, Tabura offering her jewelry created from crystals while Napoleon featured her own photography, crocheted bags and a weight-loss program.
“We’ve participated in the church’s craft fair in the All Saints Gym before, but this is our first time on the outside,” Tabura said. “So far, it’s been all right.”
Murray said eventually, he wants to see a full-scale farmers’ market and is even thinking of inviting the nonprofit organizations to set up tables for their outreach programs.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.