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Craft fairs

November 4, 2012 - Leah Sherman

Sunday's Holiday Fair (sponsored by Maui's Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans) in the War Memorial Gymnasium kicked off Maui's holiday craft fair season.

I stopped by in the hopes of doing some holiday shopping. My pseudo-sister, K, lives on the other side of the globe and in order to get presents to her on time, I need to get them in the mail by the end of November (due to long shipping estimates and the need to go through customs in her country).

Sunday's event had lots of cool stuff — baked goods, sauces, ornaments, reusable bags, blankets, jewelry and plants.

I always have a stash of reusable bags in my purse, and my husband and I both love the Styrofoam container-shaped “Plate Lunch” bag that we got at this year's Maui Fair (and was also for sale at Sunday's event), so I spent most of my time perusing those offerings.

But I couldn't make a decision on bags or anything else, so I left with no treasures.

Fortunately there are many more holiday craft fairs to come. Here's just a partial list:

• Holiday Craft Fair, 8 a.m to 3 p.m. Nov. 10, 28C Maha Road in Makawao (third cement driveway behind Miyake Concrete). Admission is free. Items for sale include handmade jewelry, assorted baked goods and custom cards and gifts.

• In His House of Restoration Church Bazaar, 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Nov. 10, center courtyard of the Old Kahului Shopping Center. Admission is free. Food booths, craft booths, rummage sale and entertainment. For more information, email

• St. Joseph Catholic Church Craft Fair, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17, in the parish gym, 1294 Makawao Ave.  

• Kula School 25th Harvest Fest, 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Nov. 17, 5000 Kula Highway. Admission is free. Food, music, children's games, craft sales and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the school's physical education, art and music programs. 

• Annual Christmas Craft Fair, sponsored by Kahului Ben Franklin Crafts, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18, War Memorial Gym. Admission is free. Gifts, jewelry, food and handmade craft items.

• Christmas Crafts Fair, sponsored by King's Cathedral & Chapels' Women's Ministry, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 24 in the church gymnasium.

• 11th annual E Ho‘oulu Aloha, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 24, Bailey House Museum, 2375A Main St. in Wailuku. Hawaiian music, hula, arts and crafts vendors, shopping at museum gift store, silent auction, fresh flower lei, lauhala weavers and food. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the event; children under 12 are free if accompanied by an adult. This event is a fundraiser for the Maui Historical Society. For more information, call 244-3326 or go to

• St. John’s Kula Christmas Boutique, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8992 Kula Highway. Handmade craft items, gifts, Christmas-themed goodies, food, coffee and tea. For more information, call 878-1485.

The Maui News will be publishing a Craft Fair Guide in the Thanksgiving Day edition. If you have a craft fair that you would like included, please send the following information to by 5 p.m. Nov. 12 (or you can send it to me at and I'll make sure it gets to the right people):

• Name of the event

• Sponsoring organizations or business

• Date and time

• Location

• A general description of the kinds of items that will be available

• Admission fee, if any

• Whether more crafters are being accepted

• Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email)


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A friend picked up this cute (and yummy) cookie for me at Sunday's Holiday Fair.