Craft fair kicks off First Saturday event

A monthly craft at First Hawaiian Church before First Saturday in Kapaa benefits the church.

“We try to have it at least once a month,” said Jo Manea, coordinator of the Heiva I Kauai Tahitian and Hawaiian dance competition. “Last month, we started putting it on with about 15 local vendors and the proceeds going to help the church.”

Manea said the craft fair runs from around 10 a.m. with a lot of the vendors staying on to coincide with the First Saturday event coordinated by the Kapaa Business Association.

“It’s a long day,” said Catherine Stovall, one of about two dozen vendors at the church. “After 10 hours, food, any food, is starting to look good.”

Stovall had earlier prepped her gas lantern mantles in preparation for the sunset. Her offering included handmade jewelry, which included holiday offerings along with other pieces that hint of the upcoming powwow hosted by the Kauai Powwow Council on Sept. 27 through 29 at the Kapaa Beach Park.

Udi Gal and Jo Lesoine of Princeville made the trip to Kapaa with an offering of Indian and Tibetan goods.

“We just got back from a six-month trip around the world,” Gal said. “We were collecting things at the different stops. Today, we have Indian ankle bracelets and belly chains as well as a variety of Indian fabric and Tibetan mandalas.”

Lesoine said a lot of customers stop because of the unique aroma given off by the Indian fabric and its dyes.

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