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Craft fair keeps silent auction going

LIHUE — The KokoKritters picked the right place to make their debut Saturday. Shoppers stopped, some by the unmasked expressive faces, others by the antics of Amorosa DeGracia, of Coconut Wired as she peered into a Kritter’s “eye” to wire it.

“This is their debut,” said Ellie Catalano, an artist who offers original works of art. “I invited her to come and display. She’s so new, she has no website or cards. But she’ll be with me at the Hanapepe Friday Night Art and the Kapaa First Saturday.”

The vendors were at the St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church craft fair Saturday, just one part of the weekend honoring Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV, founders of the Episcopal Church in Hawaii.

“We were sold out at the Friday night concert and reception,” said Beth Debrey, the church’s parish administrator. “But the silent auction continues through the craft fair and ends Sunday at noon.”

Those wishing to participate may visit the auction online at

Makoa Borrero clutched his aloha attired bear complete with removable sandals.

“This is from Aunty Maryanne (Kusaka),” the youngster said. “She got it for me. The sandals can come off.”

Other vendors offered a variety of jewelry, handmade items, Hawaiiana-inspired crafts, assorted baked goods and a plate lunch featuring pulled pork.

The weekend honoring Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV wraps up today with services at 7:30 and 9:45 a.m.

The 9:45 a.m. service will feature special music and hula. At 11 a.m., there will be a free luau.


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