Church market ‘fills a need’

KAPAA — The sign announcing eWaste might have been a little late, but already there were several pieces in the truck parked at the All Saints Church, Saturday.

“Getting rid of electronic equipment can sometimes be a problem,” said Bill Caldwell, who was waiting on his wife CeCe to arrive with a sign announcing eWaste was being accepted. “This ties in with the county’s eWaste collection and following the market, I’m retired, so I can drive the collection to the county’s site.”

Joe Adorno, a partner of Two Guys in Aloha Shirts, said it’s all part of the church’s community outreach.

“I started doing this market in December as a way to support the church,” Adorno, one of 17 vendors, said. “I’m happy to be part of this program.”

David Murray, coordinator of the All Saints Church market and swap meet, said the church hosts the event on the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When the first market was held, it was on the first Saturday of the month. But while waiting on permits and other paperwork for the market, the church discovered that the second Saturday worked better.

“The Hawaiian church hosts its craft fairs on the third and first Saturday, the town has its First Saturday, so the second Saturday is open,” Murray said. “The market and swap meet fills a need.”

Alexandra Gutierrez was silently thrilled to be able to get tent space Saturday.

“I was just checking it out,” Gutierrez, a crafter who works with wood burning and acrylics, said. “I do a lot of the art nights on the island, and after seeing the sign, came to check it out. It’s a good thing I have items in my car because the coordinator said I could set up.”

Gutierrez said she started out wood burning and creating earrings, which received a lot of compliments. This led to her creating and experimenting with acrylics and paints, as well as growing beyond earrings to include wooden decorated boxes and panels which she displays at the Kapaa First Saturday, Hanapepe Art Night and Kilauea Art Night.

Adjacent to the marketplace, the Kapaa High School air riflery program washed cars as a fundraiser.

“We’re doing this to raise money so we get get new equipment,” said Alohi Chun, a second-year shooter for the Warriors. “Plus, they need to replace whatever we broke this year.”

George and Lorrie Makaneole are just starting out in the food truck business and are exploring their options.

“We’re just starting out,” George said, using the coconut wireless to beckon Lorrie as a customer waited to order a BLTA from Nana’s Snack Shack. “We got the wagon from someone in Hilo who decided they were getting out of the business. We got permission to park at the Prudential shopping area near Tiki Tacos, and today, we’re trying to see what else we can do with the wagon.”

Adorno said since Rev. Ryan Newman arrived, he’s given the All Saints Church a shot in the arm, like the free movie night scheduled for Saturday.

The movies start at sundown and are held on the church’s lawn, with proceeds from snack and food sales benefiting the church’s youth groups.

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