Local crafters help Sheraton aid local charities

Vanessa Louis of Omao found a great deal Saturday night at the Kauai Veterans Council bon dance in Lihue.

Louis, owner of No Ke Aloha O Na Aniani Kai, a jewelry crafter centering on the use of sea glass, said Mailelani had preview offerings of its upcoming holiday specials featuring Japanese print exclusive to Karin Panui and Mailelani.

“I saw it from my booth and just had to get it,” Louis said.

Mady Otani, manning the Mailani booth for Panui, said she brought just nine bags Friday and all were sold within 20 minutes Saturday. She brought more and sold out, again.

Louis, who has been crafting jewelry featuring sea glass and other marine-originated material including sunshine shells, said she’ll be at the First Saturday event in Kapaa this weekend at the First Hawaiian Church, and at the Sheraton Kauai Resort craft fair on Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Sheraton craft fair will be hosted by the Starwish Kauai foundation, a charity fundraising effort by the Sheraton Kauai ohana whose goal is to provide scholarships to Sheraton Kauai youth and assistance to local charities.

Starwish Kauai’s primary fundraising effort is through its monthly “You Dine, We Donate” campaign, centered around the RumFire restaurant’s Table 53.

Recently, Annette Wong was joined by Sheraton Kauai associates from RumFire and Bryston Manintin, son of Gabby Manintin, the Sheraton’s engineering supervisor, Owen Maeda, a security officer at the Sheraton, and Justin Matheny, Wong’s son who is serving with the 501st Airborne, U.S. Army in Operation Enduring Freedom, in presenting nearly $3,000 to the Kauai Veterans Council.

The children of Sheraton Kauai associates serving in the armed forces and Maeda, a master sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, were honored to be part of the presentation representing proceeds from Table 53 for the month of July.

Wong said the proceeds from Table 53 in August were earmarked for the Kauai Humane Society, the effort being bolstered by a silent auction held in conjunction with the inaugural rum festival on Aug. 16.

The “You Dine, We Donate” campaign has designated the Starwish Foundation as the beneficiary for the month of September, and the craft fair being held on Sept. 14 will aid the month’s proceeds which will be turned over to the Kauai United Way, Wong said.

Call 742-1661 for more information.

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