Westside flavor at swap meet

WAIMEA — Fualupe Silva of Lupe’s Crafts said there is no such thing as idle time at the Waimea swap meet.

The Kalaheo woman said she always has things to do at the event on the second Saturday of each month.

Silva said her normal schedule is Wednesday through Saturday at the Menehune Product Fair, which sets up tent along the highway across from the Waimea Baptist Church. The second Saturday, the fair is replaced by the swap meet, which allows people to sell their goods from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Aunty Lolly and Aunty Arlene of the Westside Kupuna were not shy in asking people to join them for lunch while checking out a selection of lei, hand-painted pottery, and other items.

“Come see us,” Aunty Lolly said. “We have laulau, chicken stew, lomi salmon and rice on the menu. The chicken stew is really good.”

The event was blanketed with the unique music of Kanazawa, a Hawaiian music performer. He was joined by Raelene Pablo, a vendor of T-shirts, who punctuated the Hawaiian music with an impromptu hip-hop performance.

“We just wanted this to be something of a novelty,” said organizer Memory Robinson. “People can come together with their items, groups who need to fundraise are welcome to offer their items. It’s just something casual. Today, we’ve got 15 vendors which is about usual. We’ve had as many as 25 vendors.”

Priscilla Aki of Lihue said she tries to support what Robinson has done — pulling people together.

“The customers tell us this is a good thing because it’s hard to have garage sales on the Westside,” she said.

People interested in securing space for the next event, the second Saturday in February, can call Robinson at 214-8399.


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